Louisiana law makers voted 27 for, and 67 against repealing a state law banning “crimes against nature”, which includes oral sex and sodomy.
In a letter to law makers, the Louisiana Family Forum, a state affiliate of the Family Research Council and Focus for Family, asserted the ““Louisiana’s anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy, and immoral.” The group suggested that the law was necessary to protect children and discouraged lewd acts in public.
However, the law has been used for less protective measures. According to Think Progress, the law has been used to entrap gay men who consent to have sex in private places:
The Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office sent undercover officers to Manchac Park, a well known “cruising” area, but arrested the men for simply agreeing to go somewhere else to have sex. The Sheriff’s office defended its sting operation by referring back to the unconstitutional law that is still on the books. Once the department was informed that the law was not valid, it apologized for its entrapment tactics.
Also mentioned in the article; in an effort to legislate against gay sex by deeming it an “act against nature”, necrophilia (sex with dead people) remains legal in Louisiana.