An anti-gay pastor who was busted for propositioning an undercover cop is claiming that his prosecution is unconstitutional — because Lawrence v. Texas legalized same sex activity.
The Rev. Lonnie W. Latham had supported a resolution calling on gays and lesbians to reject their “sinful, destructive lifestyle” before his Jan. 3, 2006, arrest outside the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City.
Authorities say he asked the undercover policeman to come up to his hotel for oral sex.
His attorney, Mack Martin, filed a motion to have the misdemeanor lewdness charge thrown out, saying the Supreme Court ruled in the 2003 decision Lawrence v. Texas that it was not illegal for consenting adults to engage in private homosexual acts.
He has a point. Everyone agrees that there was no offer of payment, so this wasn’t a prostitution bust. The activity, had it taken place, would have been within the confines of a hotel room, so there was no threat of public lewdness. Just two consenting adults having fun.
And anyway, I’m sure the Rev. wasn’t really planning on getting a blow job — he was going to counsel the undercover cop to give up his “sinful, destructive lifestyle”. Yeah, that was it.