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April 16, 2014

A powerful in-state conservative Christian lobby sent a letter to all legislators arguing the law's repeal would place teenagers at risk

The Louisiana House of Representatives turned down a bill that would have removed the southern US state's anti-sodomy law.

Last week a committee passed the legislation in a 9-6 vote, but on 15 April the proposal was easily defeated in the full House 27-67; 11 representatives did not vote.

In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in the criminal case Lawrence v. Texas that all anti-sodomy laws in the US are unconstitutional.

August 4, 2013

Rainbow flag that was torn down from John Hill's New Orleans home had been put up the day the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down

The New Orleans Police Department and FBI are investigating a possible hate crime against the leader of a gay rights organization in the US southern state Louisiana.

John Hill is the chairman of Forum for Equality and a resident of the Crescent City. An early morning 3 August surveillance videotape, from an art gallery near Hill's home,  shows an unidentified man stopping a van and getting out with a step ladder.

September 3, 2012

Police say they yelled anti-gay slurs over bullhorns during a demonstration

Using a city law passed just last year, police in New Orleans arrested nine preachers for an anti-gay demonstration during Southern Decadence festivities in the French Quarter over the weekend.

Eight of the men were arrested on suspicion of aggressive solicitation under an ordinance that prohibits 'any person or group of persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.'