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Louisiana House Speaker has no plans to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 21:59 EDT
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Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley (Screenshot)
 
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Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said Monday he didn’t plan on pushing to repeal the state’s defunct anti-sodomy law.

At the Press Club of Baton Rouge, Kleckley told the Associated Press he wasn’t going to lead an effort to repeal the law.

Louisiana’s crimes against nature law prohibits sexual relations between same-sex partners. The sodomy law has been invalid since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling, but still remains on the books.

A sheriff’s office task force in Baton Rouge, however, arrested at least a dozen gay men under the defunct law since 2011. The sheriff’s office later apologized, saying it would “see what can be done to remove this law from the criminal code that each deputy receives.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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