Sheriff's office will cover court costs for gay men nabbed in sting
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office said it will ask for court costs to be waived for men arrested under an outdated an unconstitutional law still on the books in Louisiana.
Twelve men were arrested during a stink at parks, when they arranged to have sex with an undercover deputy at a nearby apartment. No actual crime was committed, and sex never happened in the park, but they were booked on an anti-sodomy law anyway.
EBRSO said if court costs can not be waived, the department would pay them for the men.
Activists said it was an attack on gays, but people who live near parks said public spaces should not be used to plan a rendezvous, no matter who is involved.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux has told deputies not to enforce the outdated section of the law. He plans to meet with leaders of the gay community soon.
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