In 1928, the Saudi judicial board advised Muslim judges to look for guidance in two books by the Hanbalite jurist Mar'I ibn Yusuf al-Karmi al Maqdisi (d.1033/1624).
Liwat (sodomy) is to be "treated like fornication, and must be punished in the same way.
Much of the subsequent written law, has focused primarily on the areas of economics and foreign relations.
Although their does appear to be a trend within the kingdom to codify, publish, even translate, Saudi laws .
Likewise, on November 7 2005 Riyadh police raided what the Saudi press called a "beauty contest for gay men" at al-Qatif.
What became of the five men arrested for organizing the event, is not known.
Homosexuality and cross-dressing are widely seen as immoral acts, and are treated as serious crimes.
In recent decades there have been some reports of an underground LGBT community.
People living in the kingdom should assume that communications can be seized by the government for evidence in a criminal trial. It is unclear if this judicial advisory is still enacted, or how many people have been executed for sodomy.