An effort to remove sodomy from the state's "crimes against nature" law failed in the Louisiana House on Tuesday by a vote of 66 to 27. The bill's opponents argued that the law protects children, though it's been proven unenforceable. In the past few years, Baton Rouge police arrested at least a dozen gay men using the law, but the district attorney wouldn't charge them since the Supreme Court struck down a similar statute in Texas a decade ago. Basically, legislators just want to hang on to the law for old time's sake. It's just like when you can't bear to part with an old shirt you know you'll never wear again, if that shirt was somehow harassing gay people from the back of your closet.
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