Bil Browning

Kansas Keeps Unconstitutional Sodomy Law

Filed By Bil Browning | March 17, 2011 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: douchebag, Jan Pauls, judiciary committee, Kansas, Lance Kinzer, sodomy laws

It must be time to give out the douchebag of the week award. This time the winners are Kansas state legislators Jan Paul and Lance Kinzer. The duo removed an amendment to legislation meant to clean up Kansas' outdated criminal code that would have eliminated sodomy as a crime kansas.jpgsince the Supreme Court ruled such laws unconstitutional in 2003.

The House Judiciary Committee was considering a bill to clean up Kansas' criminal code when a pair of lawmakers, Jan Pauls from Hutchinson and Lance Kinzer from Olathe, removed an amendment from the bill that would have repealed the law banning homosexual acts.

Laws banning homosexual acts have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. But Lanzer says it doesn't need to be repealed because it isn't being enforced, saying "It's a tempest in a teapot. I don't think it would make any difference. The statute is unenforceable."

"I think their motivation is pretty clear," said Thomas Witt, chair of Kansas Equality Commission. "They don't like gay people and they're going to make sure in the eyes of the law we're still considered criminals."

Video from a local TV station after the jump. For extra mind-numbing exasperation, check out the headline they gave the piece: "Gays unhappy that sex ban remains on books."

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I think there's a typo in there: the Supreme Court overturned sodomy laws in 2003 - the early '00s, rather than the early '90s.

Anyway, I seem to remember that, even though the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws in 1967, Alabama kept its own anti-miscegenation law in its state constitution until - wait for it - 2000. Some people will cling to bigotry as long as they possibly can.

Thanks Sam. My bad. I don't know why I was thinking it was 1993 instead of 2003. I was a decade ahead of my time! It's fixed now.

Funny to use a sexist word (douchebag) to call out someone for their homophobia!

Jessica, do you have any idea how common "douching" is among gay men? ... Straight men have no idea about this either, and that's why they insult us by calling us "fudge-packers" ...

Oh ... what the Hell!

The fudge-packing myth produces crass, anti-queer jokes like this:

Q: What's the difference between a microwave oven and two men making love?

A: You'll find that your meat hasn't turned brown when you pull it out of the microwave oven.

friday jones | March 18, 2011 12:30 AM

I'm pretty sure that most of the world's sodomy is performed by heterosexuals on heterosexuals. What these two lawmakers are actually telling the world is that they are really terrible in bed.

Maybe not so terrible ... but definitely too boring for a second date.

If memory serves me correctly, there have been articles written lately about how the younger generation is using Sodomy to engage in sex without the chance of pregancey. Wonder if the Kansas Sex Police are going to use the law to arrest young people for pre-marital sex.