3. Public sex acts and the solicitation of “unnatural carnal copulation” for money is illegal, but none of the men in any of the cases did either of those things.
4. According to The Advocate, this has occurred at least a dozen times since 2011. A recent incident occurred at Manchac Park in Baton Rouge.
5. The officer solicited a man for sex, invited him to his home, and then arrested him.
7. Casey Rayborn Hicks, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said law enforcement officials are enforcing the law because it is “on the Louisiana books,” despite the Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling.
This is a law that is currently on the Louisiana books, and the sheriff is charged with enforcing the laws passed by our Louisiana Legislature. Whether the law is valid is something for the courts to determine, but the sheriff will enforce the laws that are enacted.
8. Bruce Parker, a spokesperson for Equality Louisiana, told The Advocate,
It is frustrating that the police are using their resources to pursue issues like this and arrest people for attempting to pick someone up and go home with them. It’s perfectly legal, and we would have to close down every bar in Baton Rouge if that weren’t the case.
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