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July 4, 2015

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ACLU challenges Nevada sex statute

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed a lawsuit challenging Nevada’s “infamous crime against nature” statute with the National ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and AIDS Project.

The lawsuit claims the law creates a double standard that unfairly treats same-sex couples, violating the 14th Amendment and its equal protection clause, ACLU Nevada officials said.

The 1979 statute declares sex between two people above the age of consent as a crime if they are of the same sex. Yet it is not a crime for those of different sexes.

The lawsuit seeks to declare the law unconstitutional in all of its applications.

“This outdated, discriminatory law should have been removed long ago. This lawsuit seeks to ensure that no Nevadan can be prosecuted under this unconstitutional, discriminatory law again,” said Tod Story, interim executive director, in the news release.

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