Gay Men Arrested In Baton Rouge Under Sodomy / Crimes Against Nature Laws

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Perhaps even better… perhaps we arrest the ones manning the Baton Rouge, LA Sherriff’s Department… for unconstitutional activities, and thus illegal activities, and thus being guilty of unlawful activities!

    Were sodomy laws have been declared unconstitutional it is stunning that Sherrif’s Departments are still enforcing such laws!

    Either they are too stupid to be able to read, and thus don’t belong in a position to endorse and enforce laws (something I would not put pass them to be honest in regard to intelligence but that’s another matter), or they did not read the documentation that is delivered to them by the Department of Justice and or the Information Service of the Supreme Court, and then also they are unworthy to be in the position they are in!

    Anyway, isn’t it shocking to see that in America of 2013 police officers are endorsing and enforcing laws that were created in a time when there were people at the helm who were so limited in their knowledge (aka intelligence) that they made laws up to prevent sexual activities that were obviously normal between people?

    Because, why would one make a law against sodomy when there is no sodomy practiced? One does not make a law against bankers who fraud their bank when there’s no practice of bankers frauding their bank… is there?
    Neither does one make a law against screaming fire in a theater IF no one screams fire in a theater……….. So, in other words, sodomy was normal in those days, and some puritan individual thought it to be unnatural and thus created a law… so it happened a lot………. Logic?

  2. Cate says:

    Does the state law need to be stuck down separately in state supreme court? Confused…..do you have more links?

  3. I believe ten states still have sodomy laws on the books although only gay and bisexual men are systematically targeted. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Lawrence vs. Texas case only struck down the sodomy law in Texas or so I was told by the manager of the ACLU office in Raleigh, NC. State legislators are proud of these laws which they brand as government protection against what they perceive as immorality. (One of Scalia’s tired, silly arguments.) Not surprisingly, a majority of the ten holdouts are in the South; homophobia is popular here. The scenario as reported in Baton Rouge is repeated in NC every day. With the Lawrence precedent, it’s likely that the sodomy laws could be overturned in NC if only someone would litigate. Therein lies the problem. Gay and bisexual men are so fearful of a public trial with the attendant press coverage, harassment, threats to life and property, that they won’t take the state to court. One can understand why. It’s a Catch 22. Certainly, no state legislator in NC would ever propose repeal of the state’s sodomy laws. That would be political suicide. Sad but true. Thanks to Will Kohler for the article.

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