July 31, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Men arrested under Louisiana sodomy law
Sid Gautreaux, Baton Rouge, gay news, Washington Blade, sodomy

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux apologized on July 29 for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office charging at least a dozen men under the state’s sodomy law over the last two years. (Photo by christmasinbr via Flickr)

BATON ROUGE, La.— A local newspaper on July 28 reported the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office has charged at least a dozen men under the state’s sodomy law over the last two years.

The Advocate reported authorities used the statute to entrap men at a local park who agreed to have consensual sex with an undercover officer at a nearby apartment. The newspaper said the July 18 arrest of a 65-year-old man is among at least a dozen such cases since 2011.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux on July 29 apologized.

“Our agency made mistakes,” he said in a statement, according to the Advocate. “We will learn from them and we will take measures to ensure it does not happen again.”

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 struck down the country’s remaining anti-sodomy laws in its landmark Lawrence v. Texas decision, but Louisiana is among the states that have yet to formally repeal them.

Gautreaux said he plans to meet with a Baton Rouge LGBT advocacy group to “further the dialogue between law enforcement and the LGBT community.” The Advocate on July 30 reported East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman John Delgado has called for a local ordinance that would ban discrimination against the parish’s gay and lesbian residents.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • Looks like LA is going to have at least a dozen wrongful arrests case to settle. STUPID idiots. * years later and these guys don’t know the law! Get all you can get from these folks cause getting them to pay big bucks is the only way these southerns are going to get it!

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