Legislation: Modernizing Sex Laws

For centuries, Connecticut residents who kissed their girls in public were li able to prosecution and imprisonment.

Adultery, fornication and homosexual acts were also against the law, as was "lascivious carriage," a curious catchall offense loosely defined as "conduct which is wanton, lewd or lustful and tending to produce voluptuous emo tions." All that has now been changed.

In July, Governor John Dempsey signed a broad new penal code that becomes effective in October 1971.

The new code, the result of a six-year study by a special commission of the Connecticut general assembly, reforms a number of antiquated Connecticut sex laws,...

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