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Recently, two men were arrested and charged with “sodomy” for having sex with one another based on an outdated and unconstitutional statute that still exists in your city.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 These men never would have been arrested if not for this outdated law that unfairly targets LGBT individuals for something that is nobody’s business but their own.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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