Lawmakers push to take away 'homosexuality' from crime codes

Harrisburg, Pa. — Republican lawmakers have launched a invoice that will take away “homosexuality” within the state’s legal code.

Representatives Todd Stephens of Montgomery and Paul Schemel of Franklin County are co-sponsors of Home invoice 2125, which might amend public indecency legal guidelines to take away the time period homosexuality from legal definitions.

At present, Pennsylvania regulation references homosexuality within the state’s legal guidelines towards prostitution and little one pornography. The reference “serves no objective as gay acts, in and of themselves, don’t represent a legal offense,” the modification states.

Beneath the state’s prostitution legal guidelines, it affords definitions of sexual exercise, together with “gay and different deviate sexual relations.” It additionally particulars obscene supplies that comprise “sexual conduct” that may’t be proven or offered to minors. The regulation contains “homosexuality” as sexual conduct, but in addition makes a broader reference to “sexual activity.”

State Senator Timothy Kearney, a Democrat serving elements of Chester and Delaware counties, launched an identical invoice within the Senate final yr, calling the dated language ” pointless and offensive.”

“In 2021, there is no such thing as a good or technical cause to differentiate homosexuality inside our Public Indecency statute,” Kearney stated. That invoice has stalled in committee.

The proposed Home invoice would additionally take away pointless definitions of sexual acts which can be already outlined elsewhere within the crimes codes.

Title 18 Crimes and Codes

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