Louisiana Lawmakers Will Not Eliminate Anti-Sodomy Law
Louisiana lawmakers have gone to great lengths to ensure residents of the state understand the phrase “exit only.” Even though the United States Supreme Court ruled the state’s anti-sodomy law unconstitutional over a decade ago, making it illegal for police to lock people up for bumping the old stink-eye, the Louisiana House of Representatives has voted against removing the ban.
Now, it is important to understand that although this ban has not been removed from the books, it is an unenforceable law that old school conservatives believe will keep sexual predators from trying to get into the pants of young children.
“Louisiana’s anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy and immoral,” reads a letter written by a conservative religious organization lobbying to maintain a law against “crimes against nature.”
Members of the House agree with the sentiment of the letter. Representative Valarie Hodges said the state should maintain the law despite the verdict from the nation’s highest court. “We’re not here to rubber-stamp the Supreme Court,” she said.
The law was kept in place by a Republican dominated vote of 66-27, with 11 Democrats refusing to cast a vote.