Louisiana Legislature Affirms Unconstitutional Anti-Sodomy Law

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 67-27 against a bill which would have overturned the state’s sodomy ban. So sodomy is still technically illegal in Louisiana, despite the fact that the Supreme Court made it illegal to make sodomy illegal more than a decade ago.

A legislative committee approved the legislation last week and sent it to the full House for a vote.

As you might expect, the voting ran mostly along party lines. 24 of the 27 repeal votes came from Democrats, while 55 of the 67 keep-it-illegal votes came from Republicans.

Republicans talk a lot about small government, getting big government off our backs, etc. What could be more “big government” than the idea that government has the right to dictate what sex acts you can and cannot perform even in private among consenting adults?

Of course, the Louisiana sodomy ban remains unconstitutional, just like every other state anti-sodomy law. The US Supreme Court made that clear in the Lawrence v Texas ruling in 2003. But that hasn’t stopped bigots from trying to enforce the old laws. From the Times-Picayune:

The law remaining on the books came under national scrutiny last summer when East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs’ Deputies used the statute to arrest men who agreed to have sex with undercover male law enforcement officers. The District Attorney declined to prosecute the men, and the sheriff, Sid Gautreaux, under intense criticism, later apologized for the arrests.

Dan Savage proposes that journalists press those 67 legislators whether they obey the law they just affirmed.

Yesterday’s vote could lead to some highly entertaining press conferences if political reporters have the nerve to ask the obvious followup question of those 67 lawmakers: “Have you ever given or received a blowjob?” So there’s a potential silver lining here.

Dan Savage also encourages Twitter users to ask the same question.