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Freedom & Liberation
The freedom to select
sexual partners and engage in sexual acts without repercussion was
central to the gay liberation movement. Gay liberation groups emphasized
the overthrow of dominant cultural paradigms that characterized
homosexual behavior as deviant, evil, or abnormal. In the 1970s,
many states began to repeal laws against same-sex and opposite-sex
sexual acts between consenting adults in private. Although the fight
for gay rights has extended into other areas of life beyond the
bedroom, the decriminalization of gay sexual activity has not disappeared
as an important issue. Four states still laws against same-sex sodomy,
and eleven states, including Massachusetts, still have laws against
same-sex and opposite-sex sodomy.