Collective term for various sexual acts that some jurisdictions have deemed illegal. Not synonymous with homosexuality or sex between gay men. The legal definition of sodomy varies; in some jurisdictions, sodomy laws have applied to sexual acts practiced by heterosexuals. The U.S. Supreme Court decided in June 2003 that state sodomy laws targeting private, consensual sex between adult partners violate the U.S. Constitution’s Due Process Clause.
NLGJA – The Association of LGBTQ Journalists
Stylebook supplement on LGBTQ terminology