Target: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Goal: Repeal laws used to harass and arrest members of the LGBT community for engaging in consensual sexual activity
The state government in Louisiana should immediately repeal its ‘crime against nature’ law, which is used to harass and arrest members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In mid-April 2014, the House of Representatives in Louisiana voted to reject House bill 12, which would have repealed the ‘crime against nature’ law. Louisiana must immediately act to safeguard members of the LGBT community against further harm.
The ‘crime against nature’ law subjects LGBT adults who engaged in consensual sex to fines and potential prison time. The US Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that laws such as this are unconstitutional. Despite this, arrests continue in Louisiana. Twelve men were arrested in Baton Rouge over the last three years under ‘crimes against nature’ charges.
Advocates of the law falsely claim that by repealing the law, it would remove protections for children against sexual assault. This type of fear mongering does no good for the people of Louisiana. The government of Louisiana must fall into line with the decisions of the United States Supreme Court, as numerous other states have. Sign this petition to demand the immediate repeal of the ‘crime against nature’ law in Louisiana.
Dear Governor Jindal,
The recent vote against House bill 12 in the House of Representatives in your state is inexcusable. It is also a violation of international and national human rights laws. ‘Crime against nature’ laws have repeatedly been shown to promote discrimination against the LGBT community. I ask that you do everything in your power to strike this law from the books.
Advocates for ‘crime against nature’ laws argue that repeal would leave children more susceptible to abuse and make it harder to prosecute their tormentors. This, as we all know, is a lie. I ask that you immediately move to stop these messages of hate and allow the LGBT community to exist peacefully in your state.
[Your Name Here]
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