Louisiana law to ban sex with animals wins Senate vote 25-10

Published 8:50 am Thursday, April 12, 2018

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Senate approved a bill to make it clear bestiality is illegal in the state.

According to WWL in Baton Rouge, the measure passed 25-10 Wednesday would replace a law already on the books prohibiting “crimes against nature” and also banning sodomy. The law was ruled unconstitutional in 2003.

New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell told WWL it is important that the state has a way to arrest someone for having sex with animals.

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“God forbid you vote against this bill. Good luck explaining it,” Morrell told lawmakers.

Ten senators voted against the bill including District 32 Sen. Neil Riser, who represents Concordia and Catahoula parishes.

District 34 Sen. Francis Thompson voted for the bill.

The legislation also specifies that previously illegal forms of “sodomy” are no longer against the law.

The measure heads to the Louisiana House of Representatives.