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  •  So what is the illegal act here? (4.00)
    So yeah, the guy is a self-hating creep but I'm not thrilled about the law in Oklahoma in this case.  

    The article says nothing about money although many here are assuming it must be so but perhaps that is more a misunderstnding of the depths of homophobia in the good ole USA.  I found this in a quick search about Oklahoma sodomy laws:

    "In 1995, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, deciding Sawatzky v. City of Oklahoma City, upheld a solicitation conviction that raised important questions. The Court, in a 3-1 vote, noted that:

    Sawatzky solicited an act of lewdness in a public place from a police officer. The act solicited was intended to take place in private and Sawatzky and the officer are members of the same gender. In this context it is clear that Sawatzky is not entitled to relief.

    Thus, had a female solicited the police officer for sodomy while in a public place, she would have had a constitutional right to do so. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review this decision."

    Period Summary: Oklahoma courts made it clear that the sodomy law invalidation was limited to heterosexual activity. The Oklahoma legislature also has shown no interest in repealing the now discriminatory law. After possibly unintentionally lowering the maximum penalty with a major revision to state criminal law, it reacted a year later in raising the maximum penalty to well beyond what it ever had been in the state.

    So while there is some perverse joy to be had in seeing this guy snared by anti-gay discriminatory laws he probably vocaly supported, the law itself is disgusting.

    •  not thrilled about the law in Oklahoma (none)
      how about Kansas and all those other blood red states?
    •  FYI..... (none)
      For whatever its worth, the guy was outside a KNOWN gay hotel, which houses three bars, and is in a known gay district of Oklahoma City.

      While I agree that this person didn't appear to be "soliciting" (offering to pay), the fact that he was pastor of the 2nd largest baptist church in Tulsa and on the board of the southern baptist convention pretty much means that he was complicit, either directly or indirectly with the anti gay policies and attitudes of the southern baptist church.

      •  I have to 2nd Irhokes comments (none)
        he has great influence and power because of his anti-gay activism here in Oklahoma...and it has had severe consequences on GLBT people trying to protect their privacy rights in this state.

        9/11 Family Member Running for State Senate

        by Dignanokc on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 07:55:20 AM PST

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