The gay-friendly city of New Orleans might make your forget about the rest of Louisiana, but if you’re a gay man living there you might want to beware. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department is busting gay men for sodomy laws. (Incidentally, these same laws make giving or receiving a blowjob illegal between two men or a man and a woman. Wonder how much “sodomy” is going on in these deputies’ bedrooms? How about some citizen’s arrests?)
An undercover East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy was staking out Manchac Park about 10 a.m. one day this month when a slow-moving sedan pulling into the parking lot caught his attention. The deputy parked alongside the 65-year-old driver and, after denying being a cop, began a casual conversation that was electronically monitored by a backup team nearby.
As the two men moved their chat to a picnic table, the deputy propositioned his target with “some drinks and some fun” back at his place, later inquiring whether the man had any condoms, according to court records. After following the deputy to a nearby apartment, the man was handcuffed and booked into Parish Prison on a single count of attempted crime against nature.
There had been no sex-for-money deal between the two. The men did not agree to have sex in the park, a public place. And the count against the man was based on a part of Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court a decade ago.