April 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm EST | by Staff reports
La. sodomy law repeal bill fails
Louisiana House of Representatives, sodomy law, gay news, Washington Blade

Louisiana House of Representatives (Photo by Jeffrey Schwartz; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

BATON ROUGE, La.–The Louisiana House of Representatives on April 15 killed a bill that would have repealed the state’s anti-sodomy law.

Lawmakers by a 66-27 vote margin rejected House Bill 12 that state Rep. Patricia Smith (D-Baton Rouge) introduced after reports emerged the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested at least a dozen men under the statute over the last two years.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 found Texas’ sodomy law unconstitutional in its landmark Lawrence v. Texas decision.

The Associated Press reported that state Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs) defended Louisiana’s sodomy law during the debate on HB 12.

“We’re not here to rubber-stamp the Supreme Court,” she said.

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