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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.

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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).

The 67 lawmakers who voted that sodomy should remain illegal:


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. Julie 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

CORRECTION: The Republican member from Kenner is Julie Stokes. An earlier version of this item misspelled her name. (4/16)

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