Kansas sodomy law to remain on the books; Texas law might be removed

Rep. Jessica Farrar

A Kansas law that makes sexual contact between persons of the same sex illegal will remain on the books, even though that law was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2003 ruling in  Lawrence v. Texas.

A Kansas Republican and Democrat both said that the law is unenforceable and no one is being hurt by it, according to an MSNBC report. They removed its repeal from pending legislation.

However, according to Thomas Witt, chairman of Kansas Equity Coalition, John Wheeler, the president of the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, warned a group of adult college students in 2008 that “even to this day, homosexuality is a crime in Kansas.”

In Texas, section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code, better known as the sodomy law, also remains on the books.

Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Houston Democrat, introduced HB 604 to repeal 21.06. The bill has been sent to the Criminal Jurisprudence committee for hearing.

—  David Taffet