What with the big uproar over Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson piping up against gay sex, let's all remember: sodomy is still illegal down there in Louisiana. Phil Robertson for Louisiana Attorney General!

The LA Times' Matt Pearce puts this outrage in perspective:

Sodomy, meantime, is still technically a crime in Louisiana. State law allows a punishment of up to five years in prison for perpetrating a "crime against nature," as the statute calls it. The statute isn't really supposed to be functional anymore; the Supreme Court in 2003 struck down anti-sodomy laws across the U.S... [but a] Baton Rouge Advocate investigation published in July revealed that the East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's office had arrested at least a dozen people under the anti-sodomy law since 2011.

Phil Robertson was merely reciting the law of the land in his home state, so everyone please apologize to him at this time, unless you're willing to concede that the entire state of Lousiana, like much of the rest of the South, is politically controlled by backwards fundamentalist hatemongers who are essentially still white supremacists who have been dragged unwillingly into the 21st century. And uh, that's a ridiculous notion.


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