High Court Strikes Sex Law

Since 1833, it has been a crime in Georgia for unmarried people to engage in sex.

But a decision issued Monday by the Georgia Supreme Court voids the controversial and seldom-used statute when applied against people in private, consensual sexual relationships.

The court threw out the fornication conviction against Jesse McClure, who was 16 when he was found having sex with his girlfriend in September 2001 at her Fayette County home. The girl’s mother caught them in the act at about 3 a.m.