Gay rights activists in Kansas are lobbying for repeal of the state's sodomy law.

Despite a groundbreaking 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which struck down sodomy laws throughout the nation, many states have yet to repeal such laws.

In Lawrence v. Texas, the court declared that laws that criminalize gay and lesbian relationships violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“We believe that the current statute, while ultimately unenforceable, is an affront to thousands of law-abiding gay and lesbian Kansans,” Thomas Witt, chairman of Kansas Equality Coalition, told the Lawrence Journal-World.

Governor Sam Brownback's first executive order created the Office of the Repealer. The agency has been tasked with compiling a list of laws which are unreasonable, unduly burdensome, duplicative, onerous or in conflict to be repealed.

Such laws “are detrimental to the economic well-being of Kansas; hinder the growth of liberty and opportunities for Kansans and Kansas business; and defy a common-sense approach to governance,” Brownback said.

Neither Brownback, a Republican with a history of opposing gay rights, nor officials are saying whether the agency will attempt to repeal the sodomy statute.

While unenforceable, Witt said the law stigmatizes gay people.

“This law technically criminalizes our relationships and leaves us open to harassment by unscrupulous authorities who may still make arrests under the provisions of this statute,” he said.

In 2009, police in Texas, where the law also remains on the books, cited the law in threatening to arrest a gay male couple asked to leave a restaurant for displaying affection.