Pick your passion, indeed.
The Louisiana House voted 66-27 on Tuesday to keep the state’s unconstitutional sodomy ban under Louisiana’s crimes against nature law.
Yes, really. As Shadee Ashtari explains for Huffington Post, the Pelican State legislature decided that it would be better to maintain the unconstitutional law as a statement of the “values of Louisiana residents”.
The backstory on this one is rather quite incredible. Oh, did we say, incredible. Our apologies, we meant to say the backstory is rather quite stupid.
An undercover East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy was staking out Manchac Park about 10 a.m. one day this month when a slow-moving sedan pulling into the parking lot caught his attention. The deputy parked alongside the 65-year-old driver and, after denying being a cop, began a casual conversation that was electronically monitored by a backup team nearby.
As the two men moved their chat to a picnic table, the deputy propositioned his target with “some drinks and some fun” back at his place, later inquiring whether the man had any condoms, according to court records. After following the deputy to a nearby apartment, the man was handcuffed and booked into Parish Prison on a single count of attempted crime against nature.
So, sending out deputies to proposition homosexual men in order to arrest them?
Welcome to Louisiana.
But check this out:
“This is a law that is currently on the Louisiana books, and the sheriff is charged with enforcing the laws passed by our Louisiana Legislature,” Hicks said. “Whether the law is valid is something for the courts to determine, but the sheriff will enforce the laws that are enacted.”
[District Attorney] Moore noted that public sex acts and the solicitation of “unnatural carnal copulation” for money remain illegal. But those elements were lacking from these 12 cases, and most of the men were arrested after agreeing to have sex away from the park at a private residence.
One wonders if waiting for the courts to determine what the courts have already determined is consistent with Louisiana values, or Louisiana intelligence. Or maybe the legislature just wants policemen to keep going out and trolling for dudes.
Ashtari, Shadee. “Louisiana House Votes To Keep Unconstitutional Anti-Sodomy Law”. The Huffington Post. April 16, 2014.
Mustain, Jim. “Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law”. The Advocate. July 28, 2013.