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Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 1
Update on this story that broke over the weekend:
http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/07/under…
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on July 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM · Report this
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@1: Ah, thanks for this. Updating.
Posted by Christopher Frizzelle on July 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM · Report this
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This is the update from The Advocate:

http://theadvocate.com/home/6631425-125/….

Part of the problem is that, thanks to our screwed up constitution and even more screwed up legislative rules, laws that can no longer be enforced stay in the criminal code.
Posted by Sheryl on July 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM · Report this
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Oh, and don't be too quick to praise the Metro Councilman referenced in the article. He's my councilman, and he ran on a "traditional family values" platform. He just had the revelation that about 75% of the LGBT community who votes in EBR Parish is in his district.
Posted by Sheryl on July 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM · Report this
NopeNope 5
Wait... Cops are assholes???
Posted by NopeNope on July 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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I wonder if it would be possible to bring class action litigation against the sheriff's department where closeted litigants could remain anonymous.
Posted by restlessnative on July 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM · Report this
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Key facts:
There's no allegation of any publicly lewd behavior; even the conversations reported were quite tame.

The gentleman who got arrested was accused of agreeing to "some drinks and some fun" with another male, back in the privacy of the other male's home. The incriminating factor was that condoms were mean to be involved. But so what? Maybe the fun involved water balloons! Maybe it involved loose women also invited to the other man's home! If cops are going to do this sort of dumbass stunt, shouldn't they have to go much further to demonstrate intent of committing a crime against god and nature, or whatever?

I've seen nothing about an apology, an expunging of records, simple damages (lawyer fees, lost wages), punitive damages, consequences for the officers and officials involved, etcetera. People have at the very least been massively inconvenienced by this; a single arrest may have enormous consequences for someone's life, even without charges being brought.
Posted by Warren Terra on July 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM · Report this
SPG 8
How many real crimes were being committed in Baton Rouge while that officer and his nearby back up team were at the park?
Posted by SPG on July 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM · Report this
lolorhone 9
I love how, even in the update, they refer to the sodomy laws as "outdated". No, they're INVALIDATED as of a decade ago. How about busting up a meth lab and leaving people to tend to their own sex lives? Going to bump some NWA now.
Posted by lolorhone on July 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM · Report this
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Another update. The sheriff has apologized and said he will work with Capital City Alliance (a local LGBT advocacy group) to improve relationships between the LGBT community and law enforcement.

http://theadvocate.com/home/6641204-125/…
Posted by Sheryl on July 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM · Report this
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Anyone who's been arrested for this in East Baton Rouge is no longer closeted. Plus, their civil rights have been violated. Why not fight back now? I want to see some lawsuits and some serious damage awards against the municipality or county (in Louisiana, "parish"). ACLU, or whoever, get busy! And move it to Federal Court, with a change of venue if you have to. Either New Orleans, or out of the God-forsaken Bible Belt.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on July 29, 2013 at 4:33 PM · Report this

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