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Breaking: Louisiana House Votes To Keep Same-Sex Relations Illegal

by David Badash on April 15, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics

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The Louisiana House just voted to keep a law on the books that makes sex between people of the same gender illegal. The vote to continue oppression against the LGBT community was 67-27, with 11 members not voting. Anti-sodomy laws were found to be unconstitutional more than a decade ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2003′s landmark Lawrence v. Texas case.

Democratic Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith tried to pass the bill to remove the anti-sodomy law from books after the sheriff’s department of Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish was actually caught using the law to arrest gay men in sting operations. At least 12 men were arrested, some jailed, merely for having consensual sex.

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Initially, the Sheriff’s Department defended the stings and arrests using the unconstitutional law. “This is a law that is currently on the Louisiana books, and the sheriff is charged with enforcing the laws passed by our Louisiana Legislature,” a Sheriff’s Dept. spokesperson had told  the Baton Rouge Advocate. “Whether the law is valid is something for the courts to determine, but the sheriff will enforce the laws that are enacted.”

Later, the Sheriff’s Office apologized and even tried to get the law removed, to no avail.

LOOK: Anti-Sodomy Laws Stay On The Books, Thanks To Bobby Jindal’s Hand-Picked Speaker Of The House

WBRZ reports that Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges opposed revoking the anti-sodomy laws “saying the law protects children and upholds morality.”

Meanhile, the Blog of New Orleans reports that GOP Rep. Valarie Hodges voted against revoking the anti-sodomy law because “yesterday was Passover and Friday is Good Friday.”

“This has been on the Louisiana law books for nearly 200 years,” she said. “Just because we decriminalize something doesn’t make it right. … We’re not here to rubber stamp the Supreme Court. … We’re here to uphold the law of what’s right and wrong.”

Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, considered a contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, is believed to support the sodomy laws, regardless of their unconstitutionality, and would not sign a law revoking them.

Seventeen states still have anti-sodomy laws on their books.

Yesterday, the Louisiana House voted to make the Christian Holy Bible the official state book. And last week the nation learned that a Louisiana U.S. Congressman was filmed kissing a staffer who was not his wife.

For local Louisiana readers, the Times-Picayune has a list of how the Reps. voted.

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SeanLiberty13 April 15, 2014 at 8:25 pm

That law is illegal and the only way the LGBT people of Naziesque barbarian Louisiana are going have full freedom is if they take it through the courts or by violent force Stonewall Riot style. Also refuse to pay taxes. If the state will not respect, protect, and represent you they have NO legal right to tax you. NONE. The government is your property, your employees – not the other way around. Put those mentally deranged, uneducated, uncivilized, rabid INGRATE dogs in their place and bring them to heel – specially that grotesque, waste of life, blood thirsty, illiterate, anti-American, fascist savage Bobby Jindal who belongs in a padded cell locked away from all civilized society.

beliar1404 April 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

It is the effect of poor education… If you want to change anything start from schools!

ebloode April 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Really? Louisiana, you do realize that means anal sex between opposite sex couples would be illegal too, right? I'm willing to bet that at least one officer there has begged his wife to do it. And seriously, what are you trying to say? That a law written 200 years ago is still right? I'm sorry, but I can't agree. If you get rid of all technology created in the last 200 years, I might say you have a leg to stand on. Right now? Hell no.

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