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LiveScience Asks: What Is Sodomy?


For something that so many cultural conservatives obsess over, there’s surprisingly little agreement over what constitutes sodomy. As it turns out, if you and your partner have sex on state lines, you might be committing a crime depending on what side of the border you do what. (Want to be extra sure? Pick up a copy of The Thrifty Traveler’s Guide to Sodomy Across The Land: An Activity and Coloring Book at your nearest Stuckey’s roadside convenience store before you go. Try the pecan logs!)

Not sure why this is exploration of sodomy laws is at LiveScience, but hey, this is a great chance to drag out this clip from Hair – an album that everyone’s mom and dad had when I was a kid. (Hopefully it’s just old enough to be creepy and nonsensical to you millennials.)

Perhaps surprisingly, there is no universal definition for sodomy, at least in the eyes of U.S.

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East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department Arresting Gay Men Under Sodomy Laws

Totally not phallic.

Totally not phallic.

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?)

Via The Advocate:

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.

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