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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The 67 Louisiana Lawmakers Who Just Voted That Gay Sex Should Be Illegal

Louisiana legislators rejected a bill that would remove the state’s ban on sodomy — even though the Supreme Court ruled such bans are unconstitutional over a decade ago.


The Louisiana House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly against a bill that would strike down the state's longstanding statutory ban on sodomy on Tuesday — with 67 members voting to keep anti-sodomy provisions in the law, 27 voting to remove them, and 11 not voting.

The bill would have amended the state's "crimes against nature" statute, in part, to remove language banning sodomy between people of both the same sex and opposite sex because it was found unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 and cannot be enforced by state or local officials. In the case, Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court found that such laws violate the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Rep. Patricia Smith (D-Baton Rouge) introduced the repeal bill in January, following incidents in which sheriffs deputies in her district arrested at least a dozen men who agreed to have consensual sex with male undercover officers under the law — placing the sodomy ban under scrutiny. The area district attorney; however, did not prosecute the men under the unconstitutional law, according to The Times-Picayune .

Eleven Democrats — John "Andy" Anders (D-Vidalia), James Armes (D-Leeville), Michael Danahay (D-Sulphur), Jerry Gisclair (D-Larose), Mickey Guillory (D-Eunice), Dorothy Sue Hill (D-Dry Creek), Robert Johnson (D-Marksville), Sam Jones (D-Franklin), Bernard LeBas (D-Ville Platte), Eugene Reynolds (D-Minden), and Harold Ritchie (D-Bogalusa) and one Independent representative voted against the bill.

And only three Republicans voted in favor of the bill: Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge), Lowell Hazel (R-Pineville), and Nancy Landry (R-Lafayette).

1. Bryan Adams, R-Gretna

2. John "Andy" Anders, D-Vidalia

3. James Armes, D-Leeville

4. Taylor Barras R-New Iberia

5. John Berthelot, R-Gonzales

6. Robert Billiot, R-Westwego

7. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette

8. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond

9. Terry Brown R-Colfax

10. Terry Burns, R-Haughton

11. Timothy Burns, R-Mandeville

12. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport

13. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge

14. Simone Champagne, R-Erath

15. Charles Chaney, R-Rayville

16. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero

17. Gregory Cromer, R-Slidell

18. Michael Danahay, D-Sulphur

19. Gordon Dove, R-Houma

20. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro

21. Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette

22. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles

23. Jerry Gisclair, D-Larose

24. Hunter Greene, R-Baton Rouge

25. Mickey Guillory, D-Eunice

26. John Guinn, R-Jennings

27. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria

28. Joe Harrison, R-Gray

29. Kenneth Havard, R-Jackson

30. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie

31. Bob Hensgens, R-Abbeville

32. Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Dry Creek

33. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs

34. Frank Hoffman, R-West Monroe

35. Paul Hollis, R-Covington

36. Frank Howard, R-Many

37. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge

38. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge

39. Robert Johnson, D-Marksville

40. Sam Jones, D-Franklin

41. Eddie Lambert, R-Gonzales

42. Bernard LeBas, D-Ville Platte

43. Christopher Leopold, R-Belle Chase

44. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie

45. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans

46. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston

47. Gregory Miller, R-Norco

48. Jay Morris, R-Monroe

49. Jim Morris, R-Oil City

50. Kevin Pearson, R-Slidell

51. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge

52. Rogers Pope, R-Denham Springs

53. Stephen Pugh, R-Ponchatoula

54. Steve Pylant, R-Winnsboro

55. Eugene Reynolds, D-Minden

56. Jerome Richard, I-Thibodaux

57. Harold Ritchie, D-Bogalusa

58. Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales

59. John Schroder, R-Covington

60. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport

61. Robert Shadoin, R-Ruston

62. Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs

63. Julia Stokes, R-Kenner

64. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge

65. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City

66. Lenar Whitney, R-Houma

67. Thomas Willmott, R-Kenner

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