from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various forms of sexual acts regarded as perverted, especially anal intercourse, oral-anal contact, or sexual intercourse with an animal.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Unnatural sexual relations, as between persons of the same sex, or with beasts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Carnal copulation in a manner against nature; buggery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun any of various forms of
sexual intercourseheld to be unnatural, particularly bestiality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun intercourse via the anus, committed by a man with a man or woman
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The men of Sodom tell Lot to hand over the male visitors so that they may "know" them, i.e. sexually know them giving rise to the term "sodomy".
In any serious context, most Americans would use the term sodomy rather than the term buggery, just to avoid being judged to use Vulgar or obscene slang.
The term sodomy is a translator's term to translate Hebrew words that never mean sodomy in the sense of anal intercourse between males.
In fact, the English word sodomy, which popularly means either homosexual or heterosexual anal intercourse, was derived from the name of the city.
So I guess that any form of heterosexual sodomy is also forbidden and therefore a sin.
Strictly speaking, especially in the 18th century and in most of the rest of U.S. history, sodomy is synonymous for homosexuality.
Afterall, sodomy is probably not allowed for American Family A$$wipes.
Since the very vast majority of UCMJ defined sodomy is performed by heterosexuals, as long as the proscription is uniformly enforced — it would be fine — many couples, gay and straight, get along fine without sodomy.
Furthermore, as in sodomy laws, we have started to see less and less enforcement of these laws in recent years, and the enforcement we have seen has become more and more abusive.
But unless repealing DADT also includes removing sodomy from the UCMJ, homosexuals in the military will still be subject to prosecution for their actions.