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Louisiana House Kills Bill to Repeal Anti-Sodomy Law

Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law.

Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith, a Democrat, sought to remove consensual sex between people of the same sex from Louisiana's crimes against nature law. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a similar Texas law a decade ago.

Lawmakers voted 66-27 against Smith's repeal bill Tuesday.

Denham Springs Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Republican, opposed the measure, saying the law protects children and upholds morality.

Opponents of Smith's proposal said it would remove minors' protection from aggravated crimes against nature. Smith said at least 12 other statutes protect minors from sexual assault.

Smith brought the bill after Baton Rouge-area police arrested gay men using the law but couldn't charge them because the district attorney said it was unenforceable.

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  • , 2014-04-16 22:06:42

    So opposite-sex couple fornicate, rape little girls AND boys, and molest, have anal and oral sex with a child and thier boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse (marriage of course is for procreation) even though they have a "natural" vagina and penis and still be "MORAL? ???

  • Wayne M., 2014-04-16 22:37:23

    Not only are anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional and therefore of no validity, they also do absolutely nothing to protect children or anyone else. If lawmakers are really sincere about protecting children, they will repeal the anti-sodomy law (since it is invalid anyway) and write a more effective law focusing on the protection of youth from sexual abuse.

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