Thursday, June 26, 2003

Remember this Date:June 26, 2003: the day that sodomy laws were struck down. The Supreme Court in a 6-3 ruling struck down the Texas statute barring sodomy saying that constitutional protections for sexual privacy is for all. As some scholars have noted, this puts such silly prohibitions on gay marriage on very shaky ground. Of course the far right is saying that, well, Sodom is just around the corner. Oh please. What this ruling is saying is that gays and lesbians have a right to privacy and not have the state sticking its nose in what is private. This is a conservative ruling in that the state is limited from peeking into the lives of people, espcially their love life. It is interesting that four of the six justices that voted in favor were appointed by Republican presidents. A spokesman for the Family Resource Council grumbled about that and says we need more "strict constructionists" who don't engage in "social engineering." Huh. It's not like the far right doesn't engage in social engineering of its own. And is allowing people to have the right to sexual privacy an act in social engineering or is it saying that even those who don't fit into societal norms should be allowed the same respect as anyone else?

Next stop, gay marriage.


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