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Kansas to Keep Unconstitutional Sodomy Law On the Books

Jim Burroway

March 9th, 2011

Congressional Republicans aren’t the only ones seeking to defend an unconstitutional anti-gay law. In Kansas, the ranking Republican and Democrat on the state’s House Judiciary Committee confirmed that they intend to leave Kansas’s law criminalizing gay sex on the books, even though the statute is unenforceable due to the 2003 Supreme Court decision overturning sodomy laws nationwide.

A clean-up bill was making its way through the committee when Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) and Rep. Jan Pauls (D-Hutchinson) agreed to remove a provision that would have repealed the unconstitutional law. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, “(Pauls) said this controversial provision related to homosexual activity might have prompted the Legislature to reject the entire bill, which was a risk she didn’t want to take.”

Equality Kansas is calling for a march on March 17 in downtown Hutchinson, Kansas.

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Eric in Oakland
March 9th, 2011 | LINK

How can this possibly be considered a “controversial provision”? Before 2003 that might have been true, but this is 8 years later.

Donny D.
March 10th, 2011 | LINK

Looked at another way, it’s only 8 years later.

Rachel H
March 10th, 2011 | LINK

Do opinions change in geological timescales in Kansas?

Gus
March 10th, 2011 | LINK

My state’s sodomy law was repealed in the late 1970′s. I was shocked by how many people still thought it was illegal in 2003. And I’m talking about some LGBT people.

Josh
March 10th, 2011 | LINK

I cringe in embarrassment. This is my home. And Rachel, this is Kansas, they don’t believe in geological timescales here, only Biblical ones, and Evangelically-interpreted ones at that.

Matt
March 10th, 2011 | LINK

>Do opinions change in geological timescales in Kansas?

Kansas outlawed the teaching of Evolution–I’m not entirely sure they BELIEVE in geology. ;)

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