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.”
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