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Posted on 06/26/2003 7:25:57 AM PDT by jethropalerobber
Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Sex Ban
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay sex Thursday, ruling that the law was an unconstitutional violation of privacy.
The 6-3 ruling reverses course from a ruling 17 years ago that states could punish homosexuals for what such laws historically called deviant sex.
The case is a major reexamination of the rights and acceptance of gay people in the United States. More broadly, it also tests a state's ability to classify as a crime what goes on behind the closed bedroom doors of consenting adults.
Thursday's ruling invalidated a Texas law against "deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex."
Defending that law, Texas officials said that it promoted the institutions of marriage and family, and argued that communities have the right to choose their own standards.
The law "demeans the lives of homosexual persons," Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority.
Society does not exist. It's an abstract concept with no physical presence.
Individuals should be moral.
But laws forcing individuals to OBEY do not make moral men.
They make sheep who have lost the capacity to judge.
No, the Constitution does not enumerate protections, explicit or implicit, to the homosexual act.
All citizens are guaranteed due process. Sodomy is not, however, a privelege nor an immunity--it was an illegal act. They're right to due process was not abridged in any way. There was no house-to-house rectum inspection, no roadside checkpoints set up. Someone (whatever the reason) had suspicion of illegal activity and called the cops on'em.
They were subsequently caught in the act.
imho, our nation has succeeded exactly to the extent that it has turned its back on chirst's teachings. are the neocons hawks, with their 12 step plan for american dominance of the 21st century world mostly through military means, are they your idea of good christians?
That is to say, people like you can only live humanist lives to the extent that you allow the bulk of society to remain Christian.
right - care to tell me just how i depend on you good christians for this so-called "humanist" life i am living?
i work, pay taxes, raise children, and obey the law just like everybody else. all i said is that i don't view lifelong celibacy as a badge on honor. extreme self denial is no less self-centered than gluttony.
Should they remain "celibate"?
Protect all classes! Equal Due Process under the Law!
but i feel in some sense you mistake my attitude toward these people. if they want to experiment with seeing how their bodies and minds respond to unnatural sexual behaviors like life long celibacy, i say more power to them. we may yet learn something valuable from these trials.
btw, you didn't answer my question:
how exactly do i depend on "christians" for this "humanist" life i am living?
that was a pretty bold claim you made, so i'm sure you've got something to back it up.
Is there a RIGHT to cannibalism if both adult parties agree? As weird and strange as that sounds that actually happened in Germany last year. (Under the Lawrence Ruling's folly surely it is a protected RIGHT today.) A man placed an ad in a homosexual newsletter or some such asking for someone to volunteer for sex that would include intra-coital-murder and follow-on cannibalism. Someone answered (iirc, multiple respondents) the homosexual cannibal followed through the whole offering with at least one.Which I had posted up today on another thread.
Morality is an abstract concept; as in, only it's expression is seen, not the actual object. Society is not abstract in that sense, it's a group of people living in agreement to principles or mechanics or whatever.
Individuals should be moral, but if they ain't, then ya gotta make'em OBEY for the good of the group.
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