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

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 10, 2018 - 7:45 am

The state Senate has approved a bill designed to make it clear that bestiality is illegal in Louisiana. 

A law on the books prohibits "crimes against nature," but it also outlaws so-called sodomy and was ruled unconstitutional in 2003. 

New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says it's important that the state has a way to arrest someone for having sex with animals.

He told fellow lawmakers, "God forbid you vote against this bill, good luck explaining it."

Ten senators did vote against it.

Click here for a list of state senators who voted for and against the bill which "creates the crime of sexual abuse of an animal."

The measure does also specify that previously illegal forms of "sodomy" are no longer against the law.

"Anal sexual intercourse between two human beings shall not be deemed as a crime," part of the bill states.

The measure now heads to the House of Representatives.

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