Unsurprisingly, minority groups and low-income voters are the ones voter ID laws hit hardest. And the fun thing is that said laws are little more than smoke and mirrors. Statistically speaking, voter fraud is a virtually nonexistent problem, with only a minuscule handful of cases turning out to be real. Basically, voter ID laws are preventing something that hardly ever happens while disenfranchising minorities more effectively than poll taxes ever could. That's like worrying that someone might be struck by lightning while driving to the beach, so you outlaw the beach.
Anti-Sodomy Laws Are Still Going Strong (Despite Being Unconstitutional)
We've already covered the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case, which struck down discriminating anti-sodomy laws and ushered in a new era of equality for gay people in this country. But the defendant in that case never actually repealed the law that the Supreme Court struck down. Texas happily kept its anti-sodomy law on the books as a "Fuck You" to the progressive agenda, which consists of "stop screwing people over, thanks." To this day, a total of 12 states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books. But still, it's not like they're used, right? Even at the time it was being argued, Texas' anti-sodomy statute was just a rarely enforced, antiquated middle finger to the ghost of Harvey Milk.
Now, Louisiana, on the other hand ...
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Police officers in Louisiana are still absolutely arresting gay men under the aegis of anti-sodomy statutes. Sure, the arrests are futile, because the laws are unconstitutional and thus absolutely toothless. However, this has done little to curb the cops' enthusiasm, and the effect can be devastating to the gay community. It's not a flub by cops who aren't aware of the anti-sodomy laws' declawed status, either. Between 2003 and 2013, the police even conducted a "sting operation" to root out casual gay sex. To be clear, this wasn't like a narcotic sting that used antiquated laws as false pretext for search and seizure. The sting actively targeted gay men who were having consensual sex and arrested them for the rough legal equivalent of "shits and giggles." The stings may be over, but individual anti-sodomy arrests still take place, and similar harassment arrests have been known to happen all the way up to North Carolina. The good Carolina! Wait, is it? Or is South Carolina the good one? Double-wait: Is there a good Carolina, or are we thinking of Korea?
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