In 2000, 18-year-old Matthew Limon was sentenced to prison in Kansas for having voluntary oral sex with someone three years younger. Both teen-agers were developmentally disabled.
Heterosexual teen-agers would have been sentenced to a maximum of a year and three months, and possibly just probation. But because Limon and his sex partner were both male, Limon was sentenced to 17 years, two months.
This disproportionate sentencing was a basic element of sodomy laws. And ex-gay umbrella group Exodus refuses to oppose harsh sentencing.
Today the Supreme Court threw out the 17-year sentence and returned the case to Kansas courts.