Posted: Sep 8, 2011 1:17 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has refused to throw out a court challenge to a Louisiana law that has required people convicted of soliciting oral or anal sex to register as sex offenders.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled that the challenge raises a plausible argument that the law violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause.
The law targeted people arrested for soliciting oral or anal sex for money. They can be charged with prostitution or a crime against nature. If convicted of a crime against nature, they have been required to register as sex offenders. A prostitution conviction doesn't require such registration.
Feldman's ruling did throw out parts of the challenge: For instance, Gov. Bobby Jindal was dismissed as a state defendant because he has no role in enforcing the law.