Sodomy Law Retained in Kansas

When Gov. Sam Brownback compiled a list of 51 laws to be considered for repeal, Kansas Statute 21-3505, which criminalizes same-sex sodomy (defined as anal or oral sex) was not on it. Although the ten-year-old Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court ruling renders the statute unenforceable, the fact that it remains on the books in Kansas is disturbing to members of the gay community and LGBT activists.

Thomas Witt, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, expressed his opinion to the New York Times: “This isn’t just some archaic law that’s sitting on the books and isn’t bothering anyone. It’s used as justification to harass and discriminate against people, and it needs to go.”

Brownback is a vocal opponent of gay marriage, and his opinions stem from his religious beliefs. He refused to comment on why Statute 21-3505 has not been recommended for repeal, but an official provided the enlightening comment, “What we’ve proposed is what we proposed.”

Activists in Kansas have lobbied for Brownback to take a more impartial stance on gay rights and gay marriage, but this latest development shows that he doesn’t intend to make any concessions as far as that particular civil rights issue goes. Let’s hope that law enforcement officers in Kansas are at least aware of the fact that Kansas Statute 21-3505 is no longer enforceable.

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121 comments

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

There's one (idiot) born every minute. But why do they have to be in political power?

Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta4 years ago

Thank you for sharing :-)

Ferris S.
Ferris S.4 years ago

We still have laws concerning sodomy? What (stone) age are we living in?!?!?!? As long as you aren't out in broad day light boning, who cares? On another note, I'd love to see someone actually being arrested for such a thing. Like how would you prove something like that?

Pinke A.
Pinke A.4 years ago

Homophobia is so idiotic! It is nobody else business what happens between two adult person (or 3 if they want to). No one else can know what kind of sex do the hetero couples have. So why should we even be interested about the gay couple's sex?? Very private part of life!
So get the heck out of their bedrooms!-and sex-lives.

Rin S.
Rin S.4 years ago

Gay people have sex. Get over it Kansas. Heterosexual couples have anal sex and oral sex too.

pam w.
pam w.4 years ago

(SHHHHHHH! Don't tell them!)

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush4 years ago

Well, it appears, we have a 6% and 1%, who have very little regard for a healthy sexual relationship, even between heterosexuals.
Too bad, they were raised with such a negative attitude. Conceivably, they don't know what they are missing.

s. ryan
p. q4 years ago

_i'm so tired of you america...._ (paraphrasing rufus)

Ryana Rogers
Ryana Rogers4 years ago

so does this mean we are all going to have police officers outsiede our homes ?

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin4 years ago

Homophobia
In order to be a homophobe it has to occupy a significant part of your brain, and this means that homophobes are thinking about men/women rubbing penises/vaginas together in a 24/7 gay porno. That’s an awful lot of gay thoughts for supposedly straight people who hate gays. I bet even gay people don’t think about gay stuff as much as homophobes do.

Homophobes (aka Anti-Gay Movement) are not protesting against bestiality, pedophilia (with/without a priest involved), rape, sexual exploitation, or any other form of non-consensual sexual act in which a victim is forced against their will to participate

The Homophobes are protesting a private sexual act being performed by two consenting adults.

HOMOPHOBE = I DON’T LIKE GAY (SUPPOSEDLY) THEREFORE NO ONE SHOULD BE GAY.

Homosexuals = fighting for the right to control their own behavior.

Homophobes = fighting for the right to control other peoples behavior.