Oh Louisiana. You had to go there.
The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 67-27 in favor of retaining the state’s illegal, unconstitutional, and already-struck-down-by-the-Supreme-Court-11-years-ago ban on “crimes again nature,” aka “sodomy,” aka oral and anal sex, between both gay and straight couples, married and single.
Oh yes, Louisiana just voted to make oral sex between heterosexual married people illegal.
As we’ve written before, politicians who vote to make oral sex illegal, including oral sex between married people, are on a slipper slope as most, I dare say, have in their lives, and probably in their marriages (one hopes) done the deed.
As I’d already mentioned, the Supreme Court struck down these sodomy bans over ten years ago, in 2003. But a number of states, especially in the south, refuse to repeal their statutes that are on the books, lest people think they like the gay (sounds a lot like the Anglicans). What’s resulted is that some local law enforcement keep arrested people based on these laws that no longer exist. It happened in Louisiana just last year. (A sheriff in Idaho also, erroneously, claimed last year that sodomy was “illegal” in that state – it isn’t.)
A number of years ago, in an effort to get to the bottom of all of this, we at AMERICAblog launched “Happy Sodomy Day!” to celebrate Congress’ staunch opposition to sodomy, and firm support for the sanctity of marriage. We had you, our loyal readers, phone your member of Congress and ask them if they’d ever sodomized their spouse. And you did. And it was great fun.
Our specific message for folks to ask their members of Congress was:
Specifically, we’d like you to ask them to vow that in the past, now, and in the future they will abstain from sodomy (including same-sex and/or male-female analingus, cunnilingus, and fellatio), masturbation, adultery, prostitution, out-of-wedlock sex, and marriages that cannot procreate. We will also ask them about divorce, as there is no greater threat to marriage today than divorce (in addition, the Bible makes clear that divorce is a no-no).
We’d gotten the idea from the NYU (I believe) law student who confronted Antonin Scalia in 2004 and asked him if he sodomizes his wife. Scalia refused to answer. We’d asked the same of Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli last year. Cuccinelli also refused to answer.
Republicans are big fans of opposing sodomy (which includes heterosexual oral sex between married couples) at the legislature, when it comes to putting the clamps on your bedroom, but they’re far more tight-lipped about it when it comes to their own bedroom.
It’s time to ring up the Louisiana legislature and ask them our message above – have they ever performed or received analingus, cunnilingus, or fellatio, and will they vow in the future to never perform, or receive, such acts.
We want to hear their answers. So does Dan Savage.
Here’s the list of Louisiana legislators who voted against getting rid of the law criminalizes sodomy:
Bryan Adams, R-Gretna; John “Andy” Anders, D-Vidalia; James Armes, D-Leeville; Taylor Barras R-New Iberia; John Berthelot, R-Gonzales; Robert Billiot, R-Westwego; Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette; Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond; Terry Brown R-Colfax; Terry Burns, R-Haughton; Timothy Burns, R-Mandeville;Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport; Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge; Simone Champagne, R-Erath; Charles Chaney, R-Rayville; Patrick Connick, R-Marrero; Gregory Cromer, R-Slidell; Michael Danahay, D-Sulphur; Gordon Dove, R-Houma; Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro; Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette; Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles; Jerry Gisclair, D-Larose; Hunter Greene, R-Baton Rouge; Mickey Guillory, D-Eunice; John Guinn, R-Jennings; Lance Harris, R-Alexandria; Joe Harrison, R-Gray; Kenneth Havard, R-Jackson; Cameron Henry, R-Metairie; Bob Hensgens, R-Abbeville; Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Dry Creek; Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs; Frank Hoffman, R-West Monroe; Paul Hollis, R-Covington; Frank Howard, R-Many; Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge; Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge; Robert Johnson, D-Marksville; Sam Jones, D-Franklin; Eddie Lambert, R-Gonzales; Bernard LeBas, D-Ville Platte; Christopher Leopold, R-Belle Chase; Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie; Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans; Sherman Mack, R-Livingston; Gregory Miller, R-Norco; Jay Morris, R-Monroe; Jim Morris, R-Oil City; Kevin Pearson, R-Slidell; Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge; Rogers Pope, R-Denham Springs; Stephen Pugh, R-Ponchatoula; Steve Pylant, R-Winnsboro; Eugene Reynolds, D-Minden; Jerome Richard, I-Thibodaux; Harold Ritchie, D-Bogalusa; Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales; John Schroder, R-Covington; Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport; Robert Shadoin, R-Ruston; Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs; Julia Stokes, R-Kenner; Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge; Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City; Lenar Whitney, R-Houma; Thomas Willmott, R-Kenner
And here are a few contact points – I’d suggest blasting them all via Twitter and Facebook for starters, if they have such accounts, then ring em up and take notes.
You can also find at least the members’ email addresses and phone numbers here.