Judge rules La. sex law violates offenders' rights

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Posted: Mar 30, 2012 7:30 AM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ruled that a Louisiana law violates the constitutional rights of people who were required to register as sex offenders after they were convicted of soliciting oral or anal sex for money.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling Thursday says state lawmakers had no "rational basis" for requiring people to register as sex offenders if they were convicted of violating Louisiana's "crimes against nature by solicitation" statute.

Feldman sided with nine anonymous plaintiffs who sued last year, saying they wouldn't have had to register as sex offenders if they had been convicted of soliciting sex for money under the state prostitution law.

Civil rights attorneys who filed the suit claim the law is unconstitutional and discriminatory, unfairly condemning sex acts traditionally associated with homosexuality.

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