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A Look At Idaho's Historic Laws Used To Target The LGBTQ Community

Charles Altwatter was convicted of an "infamous crime against nature" in 1915 in Shoshone County. He was one of the first men to challenge Idaho's law, which is still on the books today.

Idaho Matters shares a two-part series from Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson, tracing the long history of its continued enforcement of a law deemed unconstitutional nearly 20 years ago.

The State of Idaho is facing a lawsuit over its continued enforcement of these so-called “crimes against nature” laws. The law in question has deep roots here, and across the country.

The ACLU of Idaho filed the suit last year on behalf of two men convicted under the law, or one similar to it in another state who want to scrub it from state code entirely.


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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.
I cover politics and a bit of everything else for Boise State Public Radio. Outside of public meetings, you can find me fly fishing, making cool things out of leather or watching the Seattle Mariners' latest rebuilding season. If you have a tip, please get in touch!