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Defense bill repeals military law on sodomy
Defense bill repeals military law on sodomy, sex with animals
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A little-noticed provision of the sweeping defense bill would make sodomy and sex with animals legal under military law.

The bill, which the Senate passed 93-7 last week, would repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that states any person who engages in "unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy." Those found guilty would be subject to court martial.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said the repeal was necessary because it is no longer constitutional. A 2003 Supreme Court decision struck down a Texas ban on sodomy as an unconstitutional intrusion on privacy.

House and Senate negotiators are working on a final version of the bill.

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