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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Louisiana Lawmakers Vote to Keep Blowjobs Illegal

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:29 AM

The "stupid party" strikes again! ThinkProgress:

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly — 27–67 — to retain a law banning “crimes against nature,” including oral sex and all forms of same-sex sexual contact. The law has been unenforceable for over ten years, since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that laws criminalizing consensual private sexual behavior are unconstitutional. The 67 lawmakers who opposed the repeal thus violated their oath of office, in which they swore to support the Constitution of the United States. Repeal of the unconstitutional law was opposed by the Louisiana Family Forum, a state affiliate of Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council. In a letter to lawmakers, the group argued that “Louisiana’s anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy, and immoral.”

Yesterday's vote could lead to some highly entertaining press conferences if political reporters have the nerve to ask the obvious followup question of those 67 lawmakers: "Have you ever given or received a blowjob?" So there's a potential silver lining here.

 

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seatackled 1
The proper question would be, "Have you ever receive blow job in this state?"
Posted by seatackled on April 16, 2014 at 7:48 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 2
The real silver lining is more and more rational people leaving the GOP since it is clearly the anti-freedom party. That will get the young people on your side: banning BJs.

Why so many republicans want the government to be able to tell you what you can and can not do with your body is baffling. Where the hell does it fit into conservative ideology?

Baffling.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on April 16, 2014 at 7:53 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
The south sucks donkey dick.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 16, 2014 at 7:57 AM · Report this
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Louisiana ranks 49th in State Education Rankings by American Legislative Exchange Council. Only 68.6 percent of ninth graders graduate within 4 years. For the third consecutive year, the percent of children in poverty exceeds 30 percent of persons younger than 18 years. After 4 years of increases, public health funding declined in the past year to $87 per person. Louisiana has a high per capita murder rate, leading all states for 24 consecutive years (1989–2012) according to Bureau of Justice Statistics. The nonpartisan, independent Institute for Economics and Peace releases an annual peace index based on analysis of homicide, violent crime, policing, incarceration rates and availability of small arms data, and this year Louisiana ranked last in the assessment for the 20th year in a row. You'd think Louisiana's state government would have higher priority issues to address than what consenting adults do in their bedrooms.
Posted by Rdstorm on April 16, 2014 at 8:22 AM · Report this
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As if Mardi Gras and BJs don't go hand in hand. Or, you know, not hand, per se....
Posted by Raggs on April 16, 2014 at 8:24 AM · Report this
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Someone needs to sponsor a sign at New Orleans International airport each Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest season inviting tourists to break the law while they're in town.
Posted by SuperSteve on April 16, 2014 at 8:26 AM · Report this
sperifera 7
Well, so much for Southern Decadence this Labor Day...
Posted by sperifera on April 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM · Report this
seatackled 8
How is the airport administered? Would TSA checkpoints be under federal jurisdiction? Maybe it would be legal to get a blowjob by the Rapiscan.
Posted by seatackled on April 16, 2014 at 8:44 AM · Report this
ferret 9
I can't wait for the inevitable answer of "both" from one of these 67 lawmakers..

Then there will be another press conference that this bi curious lawmaker has a drinking problem and ask for God's forgiveness..
Posted by ferret http://https://twitter.com/#!/okojo hide on April 16, 2014 at 8:47 AM · Report this
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@2 - I am not sure what you are baffled about. Despite the typical lofty demagoguery about "freedom", conservatives have historically been against individual liberties.
Posted by anon1256 on April 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM · Report this
treacle 11
Did someone say Crime Against Nature?
Posted by treacle on April 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM · Report this
Fnarf 12
Good ol' boys from Louisiana are likely to forego the oral pleasure in favor of paying hookers to clean you up after you shit in a diaper, like good ol' David Vitter. Vitter the Shitter's rating with Focus on the Family is just fine.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on April 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Fortunate 13
I'm really surprised that they would do this considering the whole state sucks.
Posted by Fortunate on April 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM · Report this
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Honestly. There might be a few people who voted for this law who've never had oral sex but the level of hypocrisy for those who have astounds me.
Posted by DRF on April 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM · Report this
COMTE 15
And it's not just blowjobs, remember - ANY form of oral or anal sex would have to be included in this definition. Even if all 67 of those who voted against repeal consider themselves "good, God-fearing Christians" (as I'm sure they all do), do they really expect anyone short of a mouth-breathing troglodyte to believe none of them have EVER given or received anal/oral?
Posted by COMTE on April 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM · Report this
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It's a shame there weren't two more of them. Just for the irony.
Posted by Auros on April 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM · Report this
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You know at some point this law will require some judge or committee to decide what the boundaries of "oral" or "anal" sex actually are. Ejaculating on the chin -- is that oral sex? A penis rubbing along the butt crack -- is that anal sex? Maybe some sort of pro-rated punishment relative to the proximity of tongue to other parts.

I suspect it's really just a dom/sub ploy to make oral or anal feel more naughty. Good for Louisianans who are into the stern cop/guilty criminal play.
Posted by wellokaythen on April 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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What about the ladies? Why the focus on blow jobs and anal sex? Cunnilingus anyone? Oral stimulation of the breasts, is that allowed?

How do these legislators have sex anyway? Is it strictly penis in vagina with a sheet between the two naked bodies so nothing not strictly related to breeding can take place?
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on April 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 19
if they vote to change the law, they'll be attacked from the right. if you're a southern politician, you can 't let anyone get the upper hand on moral righteousness.

Posted by Max Solomon on April 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM · Report this
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The stupidity knows no bounds. This law was already used to arrest men who were meeting in parks and going back to private residences to have sex in a sting operation (the district attorney in East Baton Rouge Parish did not prosecute the cases and expunged the arrests). Not getting rid of this language is just opening up states and local governments to lawsuits.

The ones who voted against it all say they believed that taking the unconstitutional language out of the law would open up children to be legally sexually assaulted. But this law expressly covers sexual activity between adults. Other laws on the book cover any sexual activity involving minors.

Personally, I am of the opinion that if they are going to keep this law on the books, city cops and sheriff's deputies should be setting up sting operations to catch straight couples doing the exact same thing at the bars around LSU every night of the week.

@18 - heterosexual couples (and lesbian couples, for that matter) are included in the law, but no one has ever tried to enforce it against them.

I really thought that this time they would do the right thing, especially after the national spotlight got turned on Louisiana back when the arrests happened. Alas, I gave them too much credit.

My own representative voted against it. His office will be hearing from me...not that he cares what I think. I'm not a Republican, I'm not a "values voter," and I don't have any money.

If you are interested in the local perspective in Baton Rouge, here is an article from our paper.

http://theadvocate.com/home/8916428-125/…
Posted by Sheryl on April 16, 2014 at 3:02 PM · Report this
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Isn't what you refer to as a "blowjob", an Act of Sodomy, which is medically dangerous, gay or straight?

That is, Doesn't the medical community recommend that you, "Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom."?

Yet, now there are some in the medical community that now say it's OK to "Sleep with the waste that gets flushed down in the toilet?" and that it's possible to live a perfectly normal life.

Twitter Handle: AhContraire
Posted by AhContraire on April 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM · Report this
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Isn't what you refer to as a "blowjob", an Act of Sodomy, which is medically dangerous, gay or straight?

That is, Doesn't the medical community recommend that you, "Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom."?

Yet, now there are some in the medical community that now say it's OK to "Sleep with the waste that gets flushed down in the toilet?" and that it's possible to live a perfectly normal life.

Twitter Handle: AhContraire
Posted by AhContraire on April 16, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Ophian 23
@22, weak troll is weak.
Posted by Ophian on April 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM · Report this
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Don't forget cunnilingus, Dan.

Never forget cunnilingus.
Posted by lqtm http://thenerdarium.wordpress.com/ on April 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM · Report this
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OMG the French Quarter just received another blow....job. Ha!
Posted by marsmsu on April 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM · Report this
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And yet, necrophilia isn't illegal in Louisiana. Blowjobs are "dangerous, unhealthy, and immoral", but apparently getting it on with a rotting corpse is none of the above.
Posted by Haley on April 17, 2014 at 12:19 AM · Report this

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