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Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Anti-Sodomy Law

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    A federal appeals court ruled Virginia's anti-sodomy law unconstitutional.

    A divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the law against oral and anal sex violates the constitution's due process clause. The court based its decision on the landmark 2003 U.S. Supreme Court striking down an anti-sodomy law in Texas.

    Fake Mustache Record Set

    [AP] Fake Mustache Record Set
    Organizers of a Grand Rapids laughter festival say they've set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing false mustaches. They say 1,544 people did so. The record is awaiting Guinness World Record certification. Leann Arkema, President/CEO of Gilda's Club, explains. (Published Thursday, Apr 24, 2014)

    In Virginia, William Scott MacDonald was convicted of criminal solicitation for allegedly ordering another person under age 18 to commit a felony. In his case, that felony was oral sex. MacDonald argued that the criminal solicitation conviction was invalid because the underlying felony statute was unconstitutional. The appeals court majority agreed.