Louisiana Upholds Its Unconstitutional Sodomy Ban
Law voided in 2003 by Supreme Court can't be used as grounds for arrest
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2014 6:36 AM CDT
Louisiana is upholding a bill banning sodomy.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Louisiana voted resoundingly yesterday to keep its symbolic sodomy ban on the books—a ban made toothless more than a decade ago when the Supreme Court ruled that anti-sodomy laws can't be enforced. The bill that would have rid the state of the measure failed in the state's House of Representatives by a vote of 27-66, the Times-Picayune reports. A leading lobbying group, the Christian Louisiana Family Forum, had fought hard against wiping the law, calling it "consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy, and immoral."

The group argued the bill would put teens at higher risk from sex predators. "This has been on the Louisiana law books for nearly 200 years," countered state Rep. Valarie Hodges, who supported the bill. "Just because we decriminalize something doesn’t make it right," she said, per Gambit. Said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith: "I never thought it would pass, but I thought it would do better."

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usorthem3
Apr 23, 2014 5:17 AM CDT
They vote to keep a law that has been deemed un Constitutional for "moral" reasons but it is still legal to have sex with dead bodies in LA. Stupid is as stupid does.
TwoSheds
Apr 17, 2014 5:56 AM CDT
Sodomy. Hey that reminds of the moral lesson from the Bible regarding the city of Sodom. Where the Bible itself mentions the sin of Sodom (except in Deuteronomy, where unfaithfulness to the Lord is cited, and in Jude, where “sexual immorality” is mentioned),it specifies lack of hospitality, pride, idolatry, greed, and gluttony – primarily inhospitality and greed. In none of these is there a word about gay behavior. Jesus himself singled out only Sodom’s inhospitality (Matthew 10:15, Matthew 11:23, and Luke 10:12). Rejecting His disciples, or refusing to show them hospitality, He said, was a worse sin than anything that went on in Sodom (Matthew 10:15). The sin here, according to the Bible itself, had nothing to do with homosexuality.
drbarney
Apr 17, 2014 5:47 AM CDT
How does the law define sodomy? Does the definition include anal sex that causes injuries the medical treatment of which costs the public in higher insurance costs? Does it include oral sex which can be done without harming either consenting adult? If laws or even religious beliefs are to earn any credibility they must delineate between what inflicts injury and what merely violates superstition.