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Sodomy was considered a crime in Britain between xxxx and xxxx, punishable by death.

Sodom was one of the cities (Sodom and Gomorrah) mentioned in the book of Genesis in the Bible in an incident where tourists were homosexually raped by the locals in a crime of racism. The cities were destroyed by God as punishment. Some Christians took this to outlaw the act of genital penetration between men, called “sodomy”.

Gabriel Lawrence was one person who was hanged for the crime of sodomy in 1726.

In 1785 Jeremy Bentham becomes one of the first people to argue for the decriminalisation of sodomy in England.

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