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April 17, 2014

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ACLU sues over Nevada ‘crimes against nature’ law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada wants a federal court to declare unconstitutional a state law that criminalizes consensual sex between same-sex teenagers as "crimes against nature" carrying a possible five-year prison sentence.

ACLU legal chief Staci Pratt said Wednesday the civil rights lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Reno on behalf of a "John Doe" plaintiff.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status and names Elko County and District Attorney Mark Torvinen as defendants.

The teen was arrested last year in Elko County on juvenile felony allegations that he violated a narrow provision of state law applying only to relationships between same-sex people from 16 to 18 years old.

The teen later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, but Pratt says the law is still on the books.

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  1. The ANTI-American CRIMINAL LIBERTIES UNION at it again.

  2. @ nez212 (Clyde Perkins)

    At what again exactly? What's the problem here? I can see a statutory rape charge against the older participant since that's what happens with opposite-sex sexual relations. What's so wrong about repealing such a law like the one in question here.

  3. That law can be used as a catch all for many things if the DA gets a feather up his *** and is looking at a way to get you.

    This is a bad law, overturned in most states and it is time Nevada does the same.

  4. No one would ever accuse me of being a bleeding-heart liberal, but if I ever win the lottery one of my first donations after the ASPCA will be to the ACLU so they can continue to go after BS like this law.

  5. Clyde's just super-annoyed because he knows that without the ACLU his commentary would be muzzled like a rabid dog.