Target: Governor Bobby Jindal
Goal: Repeal crime against nature laws that harass the LGBT community
A ‘crime against nature’ law needs to be repealed in Louisiana because of its discriminatory nature. This legislation will harass those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender with fines or incarceration. This outdated, homophobic law needs to be repealed immediately.
Created in 1805, this ‘crime against nature’ law punishes adults who engage in consensual oral or anal sex with a maximum of five year prison sentence, and fines up to $2,000. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that these anti-sodomy laws are unconstitutional and unenforceable, it’s been documented that its existence still leads to discrimination for the LGBT community and people of color. Furthermore, the fact that this legislation has not been struck down by the state’s legal system should be a concern.
This ‘state endorsed homophobia’ has led police to illegally intimidate, harass, and arrest people suspected in engaging consensual same-sex relations. The legislation’s repeal was brought up when 12 men were arrested under its measures between the years 2011 to 2014. Another incident that involved a civilian meeting up with an officer at his apartment led to the civilian’s arrest. No money was exchanged, and for all intents and purposes, it looked like a consensual meeting between the two. Charges for this case were dropped when the law was deemed unenforceable. Opponents of the repeal believe that its removal would put their children at risk of sexual assault. The law specifically deals with adults, not children, and targets only those who engage in consensual same sex, not molestation or rape.
This archaic and discriminatory law should be repealed immediately. It is outdated and has resulted in arrests that humiliate the victim, instead of upholding the law. The state of Louisiana should not be arresting adults who engage in consensual same sex, as they are no doubt mature enough to decide who they should be with.
Dear Governor Bobby Jindal,
I am writing this letter to implore you to repeal a law that discriminates against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people. This archaic law has been deemed unconstitutional and unenforceable by the U.S. Supreme Court, but its existence still allows authorities to discriminate and harass those in the LGBT community.
The state and the police have no right to arrest someone because of their sexual orientation or who they have sex with. This violates a human being’s right to privacy and the law should be removed immediately. The police have other serious matters to attend to than who the civilians are sleeping with.
[Your Name Here]
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