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A Gay Pride Day to remember
New York Daily News ^ | 6/29/03

Posted on 06/29/2003 1:54:39 AM PDT by kattracks

When gays rose up against police during the Stonewall Riots in 1969, they were living in a country that considered them criminals. But when their descendants in the struggle for equal rights march down Fifth Ave. in today's Gay Pride Parade, they will do so in a nation whose Supreme Court has forcefully ruled that they are "entitled to respect for their private lives."

In the matter of Lawrence vs. Texas, the justices ruled 6 to 3 Thursday that the sodomy law in Texas, which criminalized consensual sexual activity between homosexuals, was unconstitutional. But the court didn't leave it at that. In a breathtaking majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court overturned its 1986 decision in Bowers vs. Hardwick, which had upheld a similar statute in Georgia, saying that ruling "demeans the lives of homosexual persons."

The ruling was stunning for another reason: For the first time in history, the rights of gays to live their lives with dignity, free from state persecution and prosecution, was vigorously defended by the nation's highest court - a conservative one, at that.

Noting that intimate contact is but one expression of a deeper bond between two people, Kennedy wrote, "The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime." He added, "Their right to liberty under the Due Process Clause gives them the full right to engage in their conduct without intervention of the government."

Not everyone is thrilled. Most notably Justice Antonin Scalia. The man who aspires to be the next chief justice penned a dissenting opinion laden with intolerance. Scalia blasted the majority for eroding moral codes across the country, for imposing its views on the nation, for having "taken sides in the culture war" and for "largely sign[ing] on to the so-called homosexual agenda."

The retrograde language in Scalia's opinion reflects a time when gays and lesbians were considered abnormal, a queer oddity, if you will. But society - in the state, the country and the world - has changed and continues to change for the better.

This paper has changed too. Stonewall - the advent of the gay rights movement - was heralded by a then very different Daily News with the July 6, 1969, headline "Homo nest raided, queen bees stinging mad." The story dripped with the condescension toward homosexuals that was customary for the time - because it reflected the sentiments of much of the city. And America.

Thirty-four years later, the sentiments have matured. And now, with last week's historic decision, gays and lesbians have won something they always deserved but never expected to get from the Supreme Court: respect.

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Originally published on June 29, 2003



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1 posted on 06/29/2003 1:54:39 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Isn't that special?!
2 posted on 06/29/2003 1:59:12 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This tagline has been banned.)
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To: kattracks
>>gays and lesbians were considered abnormal<<

As opposed to?
3 posted on 06/29/2003 2:00:36 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This tagline has been banned.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
The July 6, 1969 New York Daily News article is here.
4 posted on 06/29/2003 2:02:25 AM PDT by DPB101
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To: kattracks
Took them awhile as I remember they had Oral rights legalized in 1977 I remember that day as I was ditching afternoon classes and listening to the radio.

So what. Is changing the laws going to change hearts. No.

Shacking up or having an affair is still just that isn't it. Nothing to brag about.

Wearing socks with Pink flamingoes aglow will always be queer. No law will change how much it is.

Can we get back to important things now....
5 posted on 06/29/2003 2:04:21 AM PDT by oceanperch (New Alert: California fell into the Sea ....Joining South America.....No Casaulties....)
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To: DPB101
You keep track of those things?
6 posted on 06/29/2003 2:07:04 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This tagline has been banned.)
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To: kattracks
...and the day's events will conclude with a gerbil-pyrotechnics display over New York Harbor.
7 posted on 06/29/2003 2:09:56 AM PDT by RichInOC ("...and Raggot's red glare, gerbils bursting in air...")
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To: kattracks
But when their descendants

Descendants of gays? Frauds and Nazies who deny the true descendance of nation and manufacture it.

8 posted on 06/29/2003 2:15:45 AM PDT by JudgemAll
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To: RichInOC
>>...and the day's events will conclude with a gerbil-pyrotechnics display over New York Harbor.<<

Don't give them any ideas.
9 posted on 06/29/2003 2:18:09 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This tagline has been banned.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
You keep track of those things?

Of course. Younger people do not realize the media was ever different than it was today and that societal norms have been turned inside out.My favorite old article:

The Daily News
July 17, 1934

10 posted on 06/29/2003 2:18:24 AM PDT by DPB101
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To: DPB101
Great link! Even has a "Bruce" in it.
11 posted on 06/29/2003 2:20:15 AM PDT by dennisw (G-d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: kattracks
Wasn't Stonewall a riot about a police bust of a bar that was operating illegally?

If homosexual sodomy is an act that occurs in the privacy of someone's bedroom, why take to the streets and declare that one participates in the act? Sort of negates that "privacy" I heard so much about.

12 posted on 06/29/2003 2:32:18 AM PDT by weegee
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To: kattracks
The Supreme Court could have taken on this issue at any time. That they settled the matter just prior to many communities Gay Pride Parade makes one wonder.

I think that this is referred to as Gay Pride Month.

13 posted on 06/29/2003 2:36:31 AM PDT by weegee
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If homosexual sodomy is an act that occurs in the privacy of someone's bedroom, why take to the streets and declare that one participates in the act?

That's the ticket, dude.
Today the bedroom - tomorrow the schoolroom!

14 posted on 06/29/2003 2:43:37 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: kattracks
When gays rose up against police during the Stonewall Riots in 1969, they were living in a country that considered them criminals..

Wrong. Their acts were (are?) considered criminal. The homosexuals themselves were (are?) considered mentally ill.

15 posted on 06/29/2003 4:11:29 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: kattracks
Linda Greenhouse in the New York Times agrees with me that the Supreme Court vacated the Kansas court's conviction of Limon (for sodomizing a 14-year-old boy) and that it told the Kansas court to reconsider both the conviction and the sentence in light of Lawrence. Justices Extend Decision on Gay Rights and Equality.
17 posted on 06/29/2003 4:37:00 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: kattracks
The man who aspires to be the next chief justice penned a dissenting opinion laden with intolerance. Scalia blasted the majority for eroding moral codes across the country, for imposing its views on the nation,

Scalia's intolerant? Seems like the Court's actions against Federalism and the state legislatures fit THAT bill.

18 posted on 06/29/2003 4:38:35 AM PDT by KantianBurke (The Federal govt should be protecting us from terrorists, not handing out goodies)
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To: KantianBurke
bump
19 posted on 06/29/2003 6:45:23 AM PDT by foreverfree
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To: aristeides; kattracks
Linda Greenhouse is wrong. Period. Which partly explains why she's a journalist and not a lawyer. As this Washington Post article makes clear:

Gay Rights Ruling Affects Kan. Case

The Supreme Court announced yesterday the first ripple effect of its landmark decision on gay rights, ordering a Kansas court to reconsider its approval of a 17-year sentence meted out to an 18-year-old man for having consensual sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Without comment or published dissent, the court vacated the Kansas Court of Appeals' ruling last year that Matthew Limon's sentence was constitutional even though the same conduct between two persons of different sexes would have received a far lighter penalty under Kansas law.

In fact, as that excerpt makes clear, there was never even a slightest question of vacating the original conviction, because the Kansas ruling under appeal itself only dealt with the constitutionality of the sentence disparity. To reiterate yet again, the conviction has not been vacated no matter how many ways you figure out to suggest otherwise.

20 posted on 06/29/2003 6:51:21 AM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: AntiGuv
Hundreds watch rare gay parade in Kolkata, India
21 posted on 06/29/2003 10:10:16 AM PDT by MACK_DADDY
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To: kattracks
that they are "entitled to respect for their private lives."

And if they kept it PRIVATE, most wouldn't care altho a few of us would still include prayers for their redemption.

22 posted on 06/29/2003 10:32:27 AM PDT by litehaus
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To: kattracks
From 'Disco Fever' to 'Bunghole Fever'
23 posted on 06/29/2003 1:02:49 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: kattracks
The next guy that slaps me on the bum gets to pay ransom for his arm, assuming it can be re-attached once I'm done tearing it off and beating him with it.
24 posted on 06/29/2003 3:33:41 PM PDT by Darksheare ("It's no use, the voices are on MY side.")
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