House Rejects Proposal to Revamp Sodomy Law
Advocate, June 15, 2001
525 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA 70821
By Scott Dyer, Capitol News Bureau
An attempt to legalize oral and anal sex between consenting adults in
private is apparently dead at least for this year.
By a vote of 104-0, the House rejected an amendment to ease Louisiana s
sodomy law that the Senate placed on House Bill 2047 by Rep. Danny Martiny,
Martiny urged rejection even though he supported a House effort to revamp
the states "crime against nature" law last month.
Martiny said the Senate amendment was poorly drafted and didnt want to
put the House through another vote on the controversial issue.
"That was a tough vote for a lot of people," he said of the House
bill that failed by six votes last month.
"But at some point in time, it is our duty as a Legislature to look at
laws that are archaic and dont make sense," Martiny said.
Martiny said the recent effort to ease the states sodomy law has wrongly
interpreted by some to be a gay rights initiative.
Martiny said the states sodomy law could also apply to married
heterosexual couples for sexual acts performed in the privacy of their own
"It applies to all of us," Martiny said.
Martiny said he was concerned the sodomy provision might jeopardize his
bill, which, without the sodomy amendment, would clarify the state law
requiring the registration of sex offenders.
Martinys bill goes to a joint House-Senate conference committee, but he
said he will fight any attempt to revive the sodomy revamp on his bill.
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