Buggery Law: Maryland, 1632

Death for buggery

Lord Baltimore was granted a charter making him the proprietor of Maryland. The English "buggery" law was considerd in force, and apparently remained so in Maryland until 1793.(1)


  1. Quoted from Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay/Lesbian Almanac (NY: Harper & Row, 1983), p. 73, which cites: William Kilty, ed., Report of All Such English Statutes as Existed at the Times of the First Emigration of the People of Maryland (Annapolis, Md.: John Chandler, 1811), p. 161. For the law of 1793: William Kilty, ed., The Laws of Maryland... (Annapolis, Md.: Frederick Green, 1800), vol. 2, ch. 57 (no pagination).