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Jason Holliston
 
Friday, June 27, 2003  
Lawrence v. Texas

This is the necessary post about this landmark ruling. A lot of people have some strong feelings about it, especially the pundits. It seems like you can't swing an arrogant Frenchman without smacking into some political personality raving about it, especially on the Right.

My opinion is pretty much what the SCOTUS majority wrote: The Man has no right to come into my bedroom and tell me that I can't do this or that, as long as it's consensual and we're both adults. I guess this opinions comes out of my quasi-libertarian beliefs.

Justice Scalia is not alone in his dissent. Hell, Rush is still going on about it. I've listened and read quite a few of their arguments, and except for the theocracy loonies, their logic comes down to this: I agree with the intended, direct effect of the decision, but not the Bad Things That May Happen because of this decision. What these Things are is quite a list. Gays in the military, gay marriages, bigamy, polygamy, having sex with your gold fish, etc. All these things will be legal soon, and we can't do anything about it. It's inevitable.

This is the same old faulty, horrible thinking that clouds so many other issues. We can't do the right thing, because it might result in wrong things happening. And what about that right thing? Oh well, chalk it up to a necessary sacrifice. These people are so afraid of the words, "I now pronounce you Husband and Husband" that they're willing to see sodomy laws stay in place and once in a while, enforced.

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