Ditch Unconstitutional “Sodomy” Law

Anti-Homophobia Protest

Target: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Mayor Kip Holden

Goal: Remove unconstitutional anti-sodomy law that allowed police to arrest two men for having consensual sex.

Two men were charged with illegal “sodomy” after being caught have consensual sex with one another in their car. The state of Louisiana still has a statute against “unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same sex” despite the fact that laws prohibiting any kind of consensual sex were declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

These men’s sex lives are nobody’s business but their own as long as they’re not hurting anybody. They could still be charged for trespassing, but it’s unlikely they would have been arrested at all if they had been a straight couple. This arrest and the law it was based on are the result of blatant and disgusting homophobia that has no place in a civilized society. Though the sodomy charges against these men have been dropped, they still had to spend time in jail for nothing more than being themselves.

Any sodomy law left on the books is not only unconstitutional, but a complete embarrassment to the city, state, and country of origin. Sign this petition to demand that the mayor of Baton Rouge immediately act to get this ancient and abhorrently homophobic law removed so that nobody else is arrested and humiliated for their private business.


Dear Mayor Holden,

Recently, two men were arrested and charged with “sodomy” for having sex with one another based on an outdated and unconstitutional statute that still exists in your city. The charges against the men were dropped, but they still had to suffer the humiliation of arrest and having to sit in jail because, for some reason, you have failed to remove a law that has been declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

No matter what your opinion about homosexuality, this country was founded on the idea that everyone should be treated equally. These men never would have been arrested if not for this outdated law that unfairly targets LGBT individuals for something that is nobody’s business but their own. And the Supreme Court agrees with this.

Unless you aim to defy the U.S. Constitution, you must make it a priority to have this law removed from your city’s list of statutes. This is not the first time that gay men have been arrested in your city under this statute since laws of its kind were declared unconstitutional. Your failure to get the law off the books is a national embarrassment and needs to be addressed immediately.


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Photo credit: Stefano Bolognini via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Why should human beings be denied human rights?

  2. It would seem that all of the ridiculous laws about sex ought to be Unconstitutional, except those against rape. Even those about an arbitrary “age of consent” make little sense. It would seem more rational to base “consent” on having reached puberty, not having mental problems, not being drunk or drugged, not being intimidated by authority, etc. The people making most of these laws seem to be obsessed with “sex”, as “evil”, even though their Bible tells them to be fruitful and multiply. (Of course with the Earth’s exponentially increasing overpopulation problem, “multiplying” may not make so much sense.)

  3. Diana Zdenek says:

    Sodomy, between two consenting adults, is illegal in some states. Two, thinking, rational human beings who are capable of making their own decisions.
    Beastility is illegal in 37 states. Beastility…sex with an animal that cannot give its consent is only illegal in 37 states.
    Laws need to change.

  4. Karen Remnant says:

    Well said Diane! There are some laws that need some serious updating! Sex with an animal NO! Sex between two consenting adults, over the age is consent YES! Seems to be a lot is states living in the dark ages!

  5. Catherine Alquier says:

    How can someone wanted to forbide the forms of consensual sex between two adults ????????? liberty for people is also on the form of the sexual life as long as they are adults and free.

  6. Ridiculous

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