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Rep. Debra Danburg questioned Mr. Chisum, regarding what he thought might be the punishment for this offense following its passing into existence; Chisum responded that, “they would probably hang you in my county if they caught you.”  In the video of the House proceedings, Chisum laughs nervously at himself following this statement, realizing that no one else seemed as amused by his comment.  He quickly stated that the penalty of such actions should equate to the cost of a traffic ticket, though, he’d be willing to push it up to a Class A Misdemeanor, or Felony offense.  In justifying the rationale for his promotion of reinstating these laws, Chisum explained only that sodomy “is a very bad habit for people to have, it’s a personal belief, as well as one within the religious community and the health community.” 

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