10 U.S. Code § 925 - Art 125. Forcible sodomy; bestiality

(a)Forcible Sodomy.—
Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex by unlawful force or without the consent of the other person is guilty of forcible sodomy and shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
(b)Bestiality.—
Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with an animal is guilty of bestiality and shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
(c)Scope of Offenses.—
Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete an offense under subsection (a) or (b).
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 74; Pub. L. 113–66, div. A, title XVII, § 1707(a), Dec. 26, 2013, 127 Stat. 961; Pub. L. 113–291, div. A, title V, § 531(d)(1), Dec. 19, 2014, 128 Stat. 3364; Pub. L. 114–328, div. E, title LX, § 5439, Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2953.)
Amendment of Section

Pub. L. 114–328, div. E, title LX, § 5439, title LXIII, § 5542, Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2953, 2967, and Ex. Ord. No. 13825, Mar. 1, 2018, 83 F.R. 9889, provided that, except as otherwise provided, effective on Jan. 1, 2019, as designated by the President, with implementing regulations and provisions relating to applicability to various situations, this section is generally amended. See 2016 Amendment note below. For text of this section after amendment on the effective date, see Amendment of Analysis and Subchapter note preceding section 877 of this title.

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)

925(a)

925(b)

50:719(a).

50:719(b).

May 5, 1950, ch. 169, § 1 (Art. 125), 64 Stat. 141.

Amendments

2016—Pub. L. 114–328 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to the offenses of forcible sodomy and bestiality.

2014—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 113–291 substituted “unlawful force” for “force”.

2013—Pub. L. 113–66 amended section catchline and text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows:

“(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.

“(b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Effective Date of 2016 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 114–328 effective on Jan. 1, 2019, as designated by the President, with implementing regulations and provisions relating to applicability to various situations, see section 5542 of Pub. L. 114–328 and Ex. Ord. No. 13825, set out as notes under section 801 of this title.