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. 



    “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.

  2. Sean says

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    There’s a reason Republicans don’t want these laws repealed.

  3. Sam Adams says

    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.

  4. Joe says

    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?

  5. Gregory In Seattle says

    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.

  6. emjayay says

    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.

  7. jd says

    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.

  8. dave says

    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.

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