Even though the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 struck down bans on consensual sex between gays, many states still have unenforceable laws against gay sex, including Kansas.
Kansas's conservative Republican governor, Sam Brownback, recently recommended that 51 outdated laws be repealed, but the "criminal sodomy" statute, which includes oral sex, was not not one of them. LGBT leaders say the laws are kept on books to intimidate and harass gays. Also, local police are sometimes unaware of the Supreme Court decision, Lawrence v. Texas, and still make arrests.
"Keeping these laws on the books can still do a lot of mischief and cause a lot of harm," Susan Sommer, director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal, told The New York Times.
There are about a dozen states that still have antisodomy laws on their books. Read more here.