Louisiana Court Upholds

State's Anti-Sodomy Law

NEW ORLEANS -- A state appeals court has upheld Louisiana's 197-year-old law banning all oral and anal sex.

A three-judge panel of the state's 4th Circuit appeals court voted 2 to 1 against the challenge by the Louisiana Electorate of Gays and Lesbians Inc. and nine lesbian and gay individuals, leaving Louisiana's sodomy law intact.

"This decision continues to put Louisiana outside the mainstream," said John D. Rawls, an attorney for LEGAL, the gay and lesbian group.

Since the early 1980s, courts in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Montana, Maryland and Georgia have thrown out sodomy laws.

Attorney General Richard Ieyoub and other state attorneys did not immediately return phone calls.

The state has argued the law is needed to promote marriage and encourage procreation.

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