They're still arresting men for having sex with each other even though the U.S. Supreme Court said a while ago—a decade ago—that that is not cool. From the Baton Rouge Advocate:
An undercover East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy was staking out Manchac Park about 10 a.m. one day this month when a slow-moving sedan pulling into the parking lot caught his attention. The deputy parked alongside the 65-year-old driver and, after denying being a cop, began a casual conversation that was electronically monitored by a backup team nearby.
As the two men moved their chat to a picnic table, the deputy propositioned his target with “some drinks and some fun” back at his place, later inquiring whether the man had any condoms, according to court records. After following the deputy to a nearby apartment, the man was handcuffed and booked into Parish Prison on a single count of attempted crime against nature.
The Advocate has found "at least a dozen cases since 2011" like this—not men arresting for having sex, not men arrested for wanting to pay for sex, but men arrested for talking about going home and having sex. "It's perfectly legal," says Bruce Parker of Equality Louisiana, "and we would have to close down every bar in Baton Rouge if that weren’t the case." Nevertheless, undercover officers apparently have nothing better to do in Baton Rouge than hang out near park bathrooms and try to hit on closeted men. The district attorney is not prosecuting these cases, saying they do not see this as criminal activity, but an arrest is still an arrest—a very public humiliation. The police report with your name in it is public information, your mug shot is public information, and being arrested in front of your apartment and your neighbors is pretty public, too. Fucking Louisiana.
UPDATE: As of today, the sheriff's office says they are not doing this anymore.
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