In 2003, the Supreme Court overturned all state anti-sodomy laws in Lawrence v Texas, making them unenforceable. But the Louisiana state legislature is insisting by a better than 2-1 margin that they keep their law on the books anyway because…well, who the hell knows why.
Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, 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 in Lawrence v. Texas.
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 the law was unenforceable.
She said the bill would help police officers do their jobs more efficiently by getting rid of an unusable law.
“The bill only removes unconstitutional language,” she said.
But Smith couldn’t win the backing of the House, which voted 66-27 against her repeal proposal. The bill was opposed by religious and conservative organizations.
Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, objected to the measure, saying the law protects children and upholds morality.
“It’s a vote of conscience,” she said.
Well yes, I agree with that. And this person’s conscience thinks a law that discriminates against, marginalizes and punishes people on the ridiculous basis that she thinks her god disapproves of them must be preserved, even if they can’t be enforced. And even though it’s still being used to justify arresting people in one of the state’s largest cities. There’s something seriously wrong with your conscience, lady.
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