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Does It Matter That Kansas Has An Unenforcable Anti-Sodomy Law On Its Books?

Sodomy (a.k.a. the highest form of flattery) is still against the law in Kansas, even though the U.S. Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision declared all anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional. So, seeing that Kansas’ anti-sodomy law basically unenforceable, why does The Kansas Equality Coalition still care about getting it repealed?

Thomas Witt, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition explains:

“We believe that the current statute, while ultimately unenforceable, is an affront to thousands of law-abiding gay and lesbian Kansans. This law technically criminalizes our relationships and leaves us open to harassment by unscrupulous authorities who may still make arrests under the provisions of this statute.”

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback advocates repealing a number of unreasonable or burdensome laws, but it’s unclear whether his plan includes sodomy—with a name like Brownback, it should. And just so you know, sodomy laws still exist in 18 U.S. states.

Even though sodomy laws have historically been used to arrest and harass LGBTs, someone should inform Brownback that the definition of sodomy includes heterosexual oral sex as well. That might get him and other legislators to repeal the anti-sodomy law reeeeaaal quick.

On:           Nov 29, 2011
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