Louisiana Not Alone: 11 More States Still Ban Sodomy
Despite anti-sodomy laws being unconstitutional
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2014 2:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court ruled sodomy bans unconstitutional 10 years ago, yet Louisiana voted to uphold its anti-sodomy law last week—and it's not the only state that still has such a law on the books. As the AP reports, Montana and Virginia were the only two of 14 states with sodomy bans to repeal their laws after the Supreme Court's decision; including Louisiana, that means 12 states still have such laws:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah

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M.J.Dean
Apr 23, 2014 5:41 PM CDT
I guess when comes down to it,for some people these laws are literally a pain in the ass!!LMAO
Crazy Horse
Apr 23, 2014 5:11 PM CDT
Campaign speech by a Louisiana politician: (thick southern accent) "My fellow citizens, I promise, if elected, to bring more jobs to our great state. And if elected I promise to clean house in the State Capitol. And finally, BY GOD, I promise that NOBODY, male or female, (but mostly male) will have UNNATURAL SEX in our great state of Louisiana. Thank you, and God bless!" (applause)
DanJake
Apr 23, 2014 4:10 PM CDT
There is a large difference between the state laws on sodomy and the Biblical description of what actually took place in Sodom. In Genesis, chapter 19, the men of Sodom surrounded Lot's house, demanding that Lot send out his visitors, so that the men of Sodom may "know" them. Note: the men of Sodom made it quite clear that they were to do the "knowing." They did not say anything like, that they may "know" us, or that we should all "know" each other. I point that out because of the ways I have seen Hollywood skew that story. The Biblical description makes it quite clear that sodomy is the forcible rape of males by other males. I am from Oklahoma and I read the law banning, what it calls sodomy and I am sure the other states word their sodomy laws similarly. Those laws go after and are enforced against any unnatural acts between consenting adults. The Bible also mentions those same acts, but calls them abominations, not sodomy. And if you read the list of abominations, listed in the Bible, sex acts only make up a small part. Other abominations include lying, theft, oppression of the poor and numerous others. Far too often, state sodomy laws have been used as more of a way of "blaming the victim," rather than protecting anyone from same-sex rape. Just look at the current practices in prisons.