La. Cops Still Busting Men ... Using Invalid Sodomy Law
Baton Rouge sheriff claims he didn't know it was unconstitutional
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2013 3:18 AM CDT
The arrests are "basically like the police putting up a sign that says 'Please sue me,'" a gay rights lawyer says.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – News of the landmark 2003 Supreme Court case that struck down anti-sodomy laws has taken an exceptionally long time to reach law enforcement in Baton Rouge, La. In at least a dozen cases since 2011, including one this month, men have been arrested under a state law banning "unnatural carnal copulation" after agreeing to have consensual sex with undercover officers, the Advocate reports. The arrested men agreed to have sex at a private residence, not in the park where they were approached, and there was no discussion of money changing hands.

The district attorney did not prosecute any of the cases, and after news of the arrests caused an outcry, the sheriff's office issued a statement saying it "was never contacted or told that the law was not enforceable or prosecutable." That excuse wasn't good enough for a city councilman, who calls the arrests "despicable, offensive, hateful, bigoted," and says the arrested men are owed an apology from the sheriff. "Does he know that slavery is no longer around?" he asked. "Does he know that we have cars and no longer horse and buggies?"

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Jul 30, 2013 3:51 AM CDT
Homos should be arrested not just for being a homo, but for spreading deadly diseases to protect the health and normal population. Homosexual act is unnatural and the cops doing a good job t o arrest and prosecute queers. They should be behind bars, mental institutes and in forced labor camps, depending what unlawful act they have committed.
Jul 29, 2013 1:54 PM CDT
Why is arresting a male prostitute any different than a female one. female prostitutes are arrested all the time by undercover police. The gay community again demonstrates their enormous power over government . officials flee whenever they demonstrate their power.
Jul 29, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
More thugs with badges. They are everywhere. And nobody gives a shit.