Of course “no” means no, but what if two “yes”es equal something illegal? Obviously we all understand that nonconsensual sexual activities like rape and sexual assault are against the law. But can you get in trouble for consensual sexual activity? Can something as innocuous as “mooning” your friends count as indecent exposure? And can your friends get in trouble for taking a photo and texting it? Here's a brief summary of prohibited consensual sexual activity laws in Wyoming.
A Word About Anti-Sodomy Laws
While state courts and authorities have been reluctant to legislate and prosecute what happens in a private bedroom, Wyoming law does prohibit public and non-public indecency. These laws outlaw things like flashing and public sex. But while a number of states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books, which effectively prohibit homosexual acts (even in private), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled these laws unconstitutional.
However, many states have sodomy laws that specifically pertain to forced sexual activity and sex with minors.
Sexual Activities Laws
All jurisdictions, including the Cowboy State, regulate even voluntary sexual activities under state consensual sexual activity laws. In most instances, these policies reflect the social norms of that particular state at the time they were enacted, and are subject to change over time. Like most other states, Wyoming has prohibitions on prostitution, public indecency, and indecent exposure, while some consensual sexual activities might be prosecuted under its disorderly conduct statute.
Consensual Sexual Activity Laws in Wyoming
The following chart outlines Wyoming’s prohibited consensual sexual activity laws.
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|Other Crimes Relating to Consensual Sex Acts||6-4-201 Public indecency: misdemeanor|
Note: State laws are always subject to change, usually through the enactment of newly signed legislation but sometimes through higher court decisions or other means -- contact an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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State laws on sex can vary, and can change as our social attitudes regarding sex evolve. If you have been charged with a sex crime or if would like legal assistance with a sex crime matter, you can contact a Wyoming criminal defense attorney. You can also visit FindLaw's Sex Crimes section for more articles and information on this topic.
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