Michelle Millhollon / The New Orleans Advocate

BATONROUGE, La. -- Applause broke out Wednesday in a House committee following a close vote in favor of repealing an anti-sodomy law on the state's books.

Equality Louisiana declared the 9-6 vote by the House Criminal Justice Committee a victory for the LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Opponents of House Bill 12 confidently noted the legislation still has a long journey to the governor's desk.

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