Sodomy Law: Delaware, 1719

Death for "sodomy"

The Delaware Assembly passed a "sodomy" law reproducing the Pennsylvania law of 1718 (instituting the death penalty for the crime).(1) This Delaware law apparently remained in effect until 1826 when the death penalty for this crime was revoked.



  1. Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay/Lesbian Almanac (NY: Harper & Row, 1983) p. 131, citing Laws of the State of Delaware . . . (New-Castle, Pa.: Samuel and John Adams, 1797), vol. I, p. 67. For the law of 1826:Laws of Delaware (Wilmington: R. Porter, 1826), p. 139.