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Louisiana House Speaker Refuses To Repeal State's Unconstitutional Sodomy Ban


When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, LGBT rights advocates thought that the issue had effectively been put to rest. Unfortunately, in hyper-conservative states like Kentucky, the issue refuses to die for an entire decade. 

Louisiana's unconstitutional law has already been used to target and arrest gay men as recently as last month, despite being rendered effectively unenforceable by the U.S. Supreme Court. Sid Gautreaux, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff who conducted the unlawful arrests, called for the unconstitutional law to be removed in his subsequent apology statement. Furthermore, the District Attorney made it clear that he would not prosecute any individuals subject to a sodomy arrest. 

Nevertheless, House Speaker Chuck Kleckley recently told the Associated Press that he will not seek to repeal law. Kieckley then refused to expand on his position any further, and did not provide any sort of explaination regarding his stance. Thus, it is not clear whether he would support, resist, or ignore the measure if it was proposed by another lawmaker. 

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  1. Another white-haired, old man who lives in the past.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 14, 2013 4:18:05 PM

  2. I would think these guys take a vow to uphold the Constitution. Time for an impeachment?

    Posted by: David | Aug 14, 2013 4:35:13 PM

  3. "Thus, it is not clear whether he would support, resist, or ignore the measure if it was proposed by another lawmaker." Um, I think we all know the answer to that.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Aug 14, 2013 4:44:52 PM

  4. Just in case there's any doubt -- Kleckley is a Republican.

    This follows Republican-led efforts to keep gay targeted sodomy laws on the books in Texas, Kansas, and Wyoming.

    There's a reason Republicans don't want these laws repealed.

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 14, 2013 4:54:47 PM

  5. Yea, conservative retards are ruining America as always.
    But "explaination"?
    As a college graduate and native Anglophone, I'd like to extend the offer to edit all articles for spelling, punctuation and grammar, for free.

    Posted by: Sam Adams | Aug 14, 2013 5:16:50 PM

  6. Another dumb-fk jackass from one of the most backward states- Jindal is silent and the rethuglicans rule! What was that you said about the stupid party, governor?

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 14, 2013 5:18:39 PM

  7. They keep these laws on the books in the hopes that SCOTUS reverses itself. It was the same with Jim Crow laws, miscegenation and even slavery laws.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 14, 2013 5:27:02 PM

  8. Almost 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, and 50 years after the Civil Rights Act, there are still several states -- all in the South -- with Jim Crow laws still on the books. Alabama voters have been asked several times to amend the state constitution to do away with the mandate for segregated public schools: in 2012, 60.67% of voters decided to keep that provision intact.

    Unenforceable or not, it will be decades, probably generations, before Jim Crow and sodomy laws are actually removed from the legal code.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Aug 14, 2013 5:27:05 PM

  9. Ok, Chuck. Keep the damn law on the books. I hope every gay man recently arrested due to this UNconstitutional law sues for pain and suffering.

    Posted by: KZ | Aug 14, 2013 5:34:00 PM

  10. Sam: Relax. It's just an uncorrected typo. This blog is pretty good with the grammar and usage. I'm always amazed at original Yahoo! articles written by "writers" who don't know the difference between there and their and they're or its and it's. And the comments....fahgeddibaudit.

    Posted by: emjayay | Aug 14, 2013 5:52:52 PM

  11. He's the only man in Kentucky who knows what sodomized means.

    Posted by: KY | Aug 14, 2013 6:21:30 PM

  12. his wife must be relieved, who'd want to go down on that anyways.

    Posted by: jpop | Aug 14, 2013 6:29:33 PM

  13. Unfortunately KY, he is the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

    Posted by: *****overTX | Aug 14, 2013 7:07:41 PM

  14. Hey RJ just wanted to let you know Kentucky's sodomy law was deemed unconstitutional in 1992. That would be 11 years BEFORE the U.S. Supreme Court's decision. Don't get me wrong Kentucky is a very conservative state but we aren't as assbackwards as some states.

    Posted by: jd | Aug 14, 2013 8:36:46 PM

  15. RJ wrote: "Unfortunately, in hyper-conservative states like Kentucky,"

    What does this article have to do with Kentucky? Was that a typo? As JD pointed out, KY's anti-sodomy law was thrown out by the state Supreme Court in 1992.

    Posted by: dave | Aug 15, 2013 9:24:38 AM

  16. @Sam Adams I offer the same for free. Too many typos here (or, is it typoes)?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 15, 2013 10:30:07 AM

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