Panel Considers Decriminalizing Homosexual Conduct

A House panel today considered bills that would decriminalize homosexual sex in Texas. 

Supporters testified before the House Committee on Jurisprudence on HB 604 and HB 2156. Both would remove "homosexual conduct" from the Texas penal code. 

Currently, the Texas penal code recognizes the act of sex between members of the same sex as, "deviate" sexual behavior, classified as a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by as much as a $500 fine, though police do not enforce the law, because it is unconstitutional. 

Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, and author of HB 2156, said the U.S. Supreme Court had nullified similar ...

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