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  • Hookers are using the Internet to keep tabs on undercover cops

    08/23/2004 12:26:45 PM PDT · by esryle · 13 replies · 1,517+ views
    CLAYTON, Mo. -- Hookers are using the Internet to keep tabs on undercover cops. Police departments have used computers for years, but now the oldest profession is going high-tech. St. Louis County vice-squad commander Rick Battelle said he was shocked to find his cell-phone number listed on a hookers-only Web site. Undercover police use mobile phones to set up sting operations. But some of those phone numbers were listed in the database. The hookers' computer files also included the names used by undercover officers and details about their unmarked cars. St. Louis area officers discovered the hookers' Internet database on...
  • Partner benefits only for homosexuals: University discriminates against straight unmarried couples

    07/10/2004 12:31:31 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 1,004+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/10/04 | WorldNetDaily
    Ohio University is offering "domestic-partner" benefits to employees, but only same-sex couples can apply. Some critics say the school is setting itself up for a lawsuit by employees who want to add a live-in boyfriend or girlfriend to their insurance plans, the Athens, Ohio, News reported. Eric Clift, a technical services specialist in OU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, told the paper if a heterosexual employee were to legally challenge the new policy as discriminatory, the university might have to either revoke the benefits for gay and lesbian employees, or extend them to straight employees, "which I have to think would...
  • Kline Concerned about Sodomy Case-laws against sex with children could be nullified (ACLU involved)

    09/15/2003 5:14:14 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 16 replies · 282+ views
    Kline Concerned about Sodomy Case WIBW, Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is concerned that if a sodomy case before the courts goes against the state, the Kansas marriage law and laws against sex with children will be nullified. Kline held a news conference on Monday about the case of Matthew Limon, convicted in 2000 of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. That was in a group home for the developmentally disabled. The defendant's attorney, working for the ACLU, argues that Limon's 17-year prison sentence is unfair. The defense says another Kansas sex law provides a lesser penalty if the...
  • Best of the Web Today

    09/05/2003 7:48:57 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 182+ views ^ | Friday, September 5, 2003 4:06 p.m. EDT | JAMES TARANTO
    In today's Washington Post, former senator Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican with libertarian social views, weighs in on the question of same-sex marriage. Specifically, Simpson argues against a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman only. Simpson disclaims any position on whether same-sex marriage should be legally recognized, but he argues against the amendment on the basis of states' rights: In our system of government, laws affecting family life are under the jurisdiction of the states, not the federal government. This is as it should be. . . . That people...
  • "Sexually Inclusive Christians" Celebrate Victories, Push for More

    08/30/2003 5:48:16 PM PDT · by xzins · 377 replies · 2,463+ views
    "Sexually Inclusive Christians" Celebrate Victories, Push for More Mark Tooley August 22, 2003 When arguing for church acceptance of homosexuality, most advocates talk about monogamy. But others are bolder. “I am a strong ally of those in healthy, polyamorous relationships,” declared Debra Kolodny. She argued that having multiple sexual partners can be “holy.” Kolodyn was leading a workshop at the WOW (Witness Our Welcome) 2003 convention, an ecumenical gathering for “sexually and gender inclusive Christians.” Hundreds of homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual people gathered under the “queer” banner in Philadelphia August 14-17 to urge religious acceptance of non-traditional sexual behaviors. According...
  • What's so funny about abstinence, Al Franken?

    08/22/2003 1:05:02 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 366+ views ^ | 8/22/03 | Michelle Malkin
    Left-wing "comedian" Al Franken got tripped up by some big fat lies this week. He's sorry he got caught, but smugly silent about making fun of countless American kids who have taken abstinence vows.Thanks to Court TV's Smoking Gun Web site (, we now know that the Saturday Night Live leftover abused his position as an "academic fellow" (now that's funny) at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy in a puerile attempt to trick Attorney General John Ashcroft into publicly sharing his personal experience with abstinence.Franken urged Ashcroft to share...
  • Teens have right to have sex, lawyer argues (Huh?!?)

    08/21/2003 7:32:39 PM PDT · by mhking · 136 replies · 511+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 8.21.03 | JAMAAL ABDUL-ALIM
    When an Oak Creek woman found her 14-year-old daughter nude in the woman's bed with a 14-year-old boy, the teens didn't strike her as being overly concerned. "They both freely admitted that their intention was to 'have sex,' " records quote the woman as saying. They "were confrontational and remorseless." The teens even "challenged" the woman to call police. So she did. Now, the couple's would-be sexual encounter in October has both of them facing serious criminal charges. Their case takes a course through the intersection of morals and law, a bustling crossroads at a time when sexuality has become...
  • Justices: When in Rome, do as the Romans do

    07/17/2003 6:42:55 AM PDT · by Brian Allen · 11 replies · 267+ views
    By eMail from the American Conservative Union ^ | Tuesday July 15 2003 | David Keene
    The news that five members of the Supreme Court were winging their way over to Italy on the heels of the decision striking down Texas' anti-sodomy law seemed somehow appropriate. Some of the flying judges were no doubt there to discuss their newly proposed constitution -- given as the official reason for the junket. But two or three of them must have at least contemplated communing with European elitists on how they ought to vote on upcoming cases here. After all, in the Texas case they had for the first time in a majority opinion cited European public opinion, decisions...
  • Thank J.R. Quinn for the gay celebrations- profile of the Lawrence-Garner arresting officer

    07/09/2003 9:17:10 PM PDT · by weegee · 6 replies · 266+ views
    Houston Press ^ | July 10, 2003 | Richard Connelly
    Back Door to History Thank J.R. Quinn for the gay celebrations Gay rights supporters hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision in Lawrence v. Texas as a watershed that will forever change gay and lesbian life in America. Many of the players in the drama have gotten their 15 minutes of fame, from the eagerly sound-biting lawyers to the publicity-shy defendants. But what about Harris County Sheriff's Deputy J.R. Quinn? He's the Frank Wills of this new day for gays ('70s trivia time: Wills was the security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in). In 1998 Quinn arrested John Lawrence...
  • Supreme Court citing more foreign cases Scalia: Only U.S. views are relevant (Watch Out)

    07/09/2003 7:33:36 PM PDT · by youknow · 41 replies · 1,532+ views ^ | 07/09/03 | Joan Biskupic
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's reference to foreign law in a ruling last month that overturned state anti-sodomy statutes stood out as if it were in bold print and capital letters.</p> <p>Writing for the majority in a landmark decision supporting gay civil rights, Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that the European Court of Human Rights and other foreign courts have affirmed the ''rights of homosexual adults to engage in intimate, consensual conduct.''</p>
  • The Consequences of Lawrence v. Texas (Justice Scalia Is Right says Homosexual Lawyer)

    07/08/2003 3:12:56 PM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 17 replies · 274+ views
    Findlaw ^ | 7/8/03 | JOANNA GROSSMAN
    The Consequences of Lawrence v. Texas Justice Scalia Is Right that Same Sex Marriage Bans Are At Risk, But Wrong That A Host of Other Laws Are Vulnerable By JOANNA GROSSMAN ---- Tuesday, Jul. 08, 2003 Recently, and famously, in Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court invalidated Texas' anti-homosexual-sodomy law. It did so by invoking the constitutional right to privacy. But it also indicated that constitutional equal protection doctrines would have provided another reason to invalidate the statute, which targeted only same-sex sodomy. The decision extended long-overdue recognition of the rights of gays and lesbians. In doing so, it...
  • Military Gay Ban Challenged in the Wake of SCOTUS Sodomy Ruling

    07/08/2003 2:21:21 PM PDT · by ewing · 188 replies · 290+ views
    Liberation Publication Breaking News ^ | July 7, 2003 | staff report
    Citing the precedent set by the US Supreme Court ruling in the Texas sodomy case, a decorated Vietnam Combat Veteran filed suit late yesterday with the US Court of Federal Claims challenging the constitutionality of the 'don't ask, dont tell' policy.The challenge filed by LTC Steve Loomis, who was ousted from the Army for being gay just 8 days prior to his 20 year retirement date in 1997, also challenges the federal anti sodomy statute covering the military.The lawsuit is based on the recent US Supreme Court opinion in Lawrence v. Texas which declared that the Texas Sodomy Statute violated...
  • A Fundamental Constitutional Right To Have Sex With Children, Too?

    07/08/2003 7:08:39 AM PDT · by F_Cohen · 339 replies · 617+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | July 8 | Lowell Phillips
    Is It A Fundamental Constitutional Right To Have Sex With Children, Too? By Lowell Phillips Tuesday July 8, 2003 Toogood Reports "This is a glorious and beautiful time to be queer." Don't start hammering out the hate mail just yet. Those aren't my words, but those of a bona fide "gay rights" activist. Amid the orgy of celebration (pun intended) following the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, striking down sodomy laws, Molly McKay, spokeswoman for Marriage Equality California proclaimed, "This month has been filled with hope... This is a glorious and beautiful time to be queer." Few...
  • Adversaries on Gay Rights Vow State-by-State Fight

    07/08/2003 11:11:14 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 74 replies · 722+ views
    NYT ^ | July 6, 2003 | SARAH KERSHAW
    Spurred on by the Supreme Court's landmark ruling decriminalizing gay sexual conduct, both sides in the debate over gay rights are vowing an intense state-by-state fight over deeply polarizing questions, foremost among them whether gays should be allowed to marry. Even with most legislatures out of session until early next year, lively debates are already taking shape across the country, from Hawaii to Connecticut, Oregon to Alabama to Massachusetts. Potentially fierce battles over marriage and other rights loom in dozens of statehouses and state courts, as social conservatives — including the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist of Tennessee — try...
  • Independence Day - Say what?

    07/05/2003 1:00:06 PM PDT · by steplock · 12 replies · 294+ views
    Focus on Freedom ^ | 5 Jul 2003 | C.L. Steplock
    Independence Day - Say what?Date: Saturday, July 05 @ 12:01:48 Topic What Stinks? Re: Hot Springs Sentinel Record - 4th of July Edition Perhaps I missed the event? But when did we STOP celebrating our Independence Day? When did the 4th of July join Easter, Christmas, Washington & Lincoln Birthdays as being POLITICALLY INCORRECT and unworthy of celebration or commemoration? Or even notice? If we had foreign visitors here on the morning of the 4th of July, they never would have known that this was INDEPENDENCE DAY for the United States of America - not from reading the Sentinel...

    07/04/2003 11:59:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies · 698+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | July 4, 2003 | Fr. Bill McCarthy, MSA
    A Nation Under GodOur 243 Founding Fathers in 1776 founded this nation under God upon a tripod: 1. “The law’s of nature“ (the natural law). 2. “The laws of nature’s God” (the Bible). 3. And the “God-given”, “self-evident”, “inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” of every American citizen. This was known as “ordered liberty”. The Twin TowersGeorge Washington in his farewell discourse went so far as to say, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indefensible supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism which...
  • Swingers branch out [Private sex acts OK, judge rules]

    07/05/2003 4:05:06 AM PDT · by Lorenb420 · 23 replies · 1,019+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2003-07-05 | CP
    MONTREAL -- Swingers clubs will spring up across Canada because of a judge ruling their activities are not necessarily illegal, the head of a swingers group said yesterday. Municipal court Judge Denis Boisvert found five people guilty of swinging-related offences, but decided "contemporary Canadian society tolerates swinging and swingers clubs if the sexual acts take place in private." Jean Hamel, president of the 8,000-member Quebec Swingers Association, said Boisvert's ruling will have national significance. "I don't think more clubs will open in Quebec but I think it will open doors for other places in Canada, like Toronto." Judge Boisvert found...
  • San Francisco Gays Whoop It Up Over Court Ruling as reported by Concerned Women for American

    07/04/2003 10:29:47 PM PDT · by rick warrior · 94 replies · 832+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | July 2, 2003 | Allyson Smith
    Nudity, Crassness, Perversion on Display as San Francisco Celebrates Legal Sodomy 7/2/2003 By Allyson Smith Anti-Catholic 'Sisters' group takes shot at Vice President Cheney SAN FRANCISCO—Homosexuals were jubilant—and some naked—Sunday, June 29, as they celebrated last week’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Texas’ sodomy law during this city’s 33rd annual “gay pride” parade. This writer witnessed no attempt by city police to arrest those who were publicly nude, and no attempts to urge revelers to cover their private parts. The San Francisco "gay" celebration occurred just two days after President George W. Bush visited the city on a campaign stop to...
  • Springfield vs. Shelbyville (Gay marriage, incest, and The Simpsons.)

    07/01/2003 4:27:58 PM PDT · by Servant of the Nine · 4 replies · 1,141+ views
    National Revue Online ^ | 1 July, 2003 | Jonah Goldberg
    You may not know how the town of Springfield, home to the Simpsons, was founded. In the late 1790s Jebediah Springfield and his partner Shelbyville Manhattan led a group of pioneers across the country to start a new community. They finally stopped at a beautiful spot atop a hill looking down on a lush valley: Jebediah: People, our search is over! On this site we shall build a new town where we can worship freely, govern justly, and grow vast fields of hemp for making rope and blankets. Shelbyville: Yes, and marry our cousins.Jebediah: I was — what are...
  • Polygamists see open door for acceptance

    07/04/2003 12:12:36 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 162 replies · 386+ views ^ | Friday, July 4, 2003 | Ron Strom
    "Polygamy is the next civil-rights battle." That's the new battle cry of proponents of "Christian polygamy" who say their lifestyle is one step closer to being accepted after the Supreme Court's controversial decision last week invalidating state sodomy laws. A website set up for media to get information about the pro-polygamy movement enthusiastically hails the Lawrence v. Texas decision, quoting from the majority opinion that Americans now have "... the full right to engage in private conduct without government intervention." As WorldNetDaily reported, critics of the decision believe the court has usurped the role of lawmakers, establishing a far-reaching precedent...
  • Ugly Naked Freaks on Toronto Streets:Gay "Pride"

    07/02/2003 5:09:56 PM PDT · by backhoe · 86 replies · 1,973+ views
    Free Dominion ^ | 07-02-03 | FD member "Trouble"
    THIS THREAD IS FOR ADULTS ONLY. THIS IS WHAT IS MEANT WHEN THEY SAY GAY "PRIDE". THIS IS WHAT YOUR TAX DOLLARS AND THE PC PARTY SUPPORTED. Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 5:18 PM Subject: public indecency: some photos from Saturday and Sunday's Gay "Pride" Parade (300 K) (3 MB) > List of parade sponsors> ----------------------- > Toronto Arts Council > > Labbatt Blue > Government of Canada > Delta Chelsea > VIA Rail Canada > Show Case TV > Woody's > Rogers > Montclair natural spring water > Trojan condoms > Ikea > Schick > pur...
  • DIVERSITY.MONSTER.COM - Jobs reserved for 'diverse' people.

    06/30/2003 4:19:17 PM PDT · by Swanks · 111 replies · 1,619+ views
    N/A ^ | 6/30/2003 | SELF
    Did not take long, since the SUPREME's decision, to go on the offensive re: DIVERSITY and AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. Jobs at the exclusion of people and races we don't like. See's new 'DIVERSITY' career section - - of course at the exclusion of white / straight people. For example: CAREER ADVISE FOR YOU: African Americans American Indians Asian Americans Gays/Lesbians Hispanics/Latinos Older Workers Veterans/Military Transition Women Workers with Disabilities And, of course, job postings /searches for companies wishing to exclude types of races, sexes at the alter of the Diversity Gods.
  • Offer to Kill Woman During Sex Ends in Arrest

    06/30/2003 9:19:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 42 replies · 774+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon, Jun 30, 2003
    A Texas man got 10 years' probation for offering to strangle a suicidal Wisconsin woman whom he met over the Internet, lawyers said on Friday. Frank Manuel, 55, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, and was ordered by State District Judge Carol Davies on Thursday to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and stay away from the Internet. Houston police arrested Manuel in January, after a woman he met in a suicide chat group reported his offer to strangle her during sex, then bury her in a grave in a state forest with a rose on her chest. The woman, with investigators...
  • Affirmative Action? No, it's racial preference.

    06/30/2003 12:28:17 AM PDT · by ForOurFuture · 8 replies · 446+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 6-29 | Gregory Kane
    NOW THAT the Supreme Court has handed down the decision in the University of Michigan affirmative action cases, perhaps the demagoguery can stop. During the months leading up to the June 23 decision, some in the pro-racial preference camp did not have their better moments. Notice the use of "racial preference camp" instead of "affirmative action" supporters. The affirmative action described in President Johnson's Executive Order 11246, issued on Sept. 28, 1965, specifically said things were to be done without regard to race. The 1964 Civil Rights Act says the same thing. Although the language in both is clear, there...
  • Frist Endorses Idea of Gay Marriage Ban

    06/29/2003 4:01:09 PM PDT · by Valin · 62 replies · 558+ views
    AP ^ | 6/29/03 | WILLIAM C. MANN
    WASHINGTON - The Senate majority leader said Sunday he supported a proposed constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage in the United States. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said the Supreme Court's decision last week on gay sex threatens to make the American home a place where criminality is condoned. The court on Thursday threw out a Texas law that prohibited acts of sodomy between homosexuals in a private home, saying that such a prohibition violates the defendants' privacy rights under the Constitution. The ruling invalidated the Texas law and similar statutes in 12 other states. "I have this fear that this...
  • CAPTION Chuckie Schumer at NYC Gay Parade

    06/29/2003 7:20:06 PM PDT · by finnman69 · 132 replies · 514+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 6/29/03
  • Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Court Ruling

    06/29/2003 8:33:41 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 105 replies · 593+ views
    Associated Press -- AOL Update Email | 06/29/03 22:10 EDT | Terence Chea
    Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Court RulingBy TERENCE CHEA The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Sunday for Gay Pride parades, energized by the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down laws against sodomy and a decision by Canada to allow gay marriage. In New York, Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco and other cities, revelers marched, danced and carried banners congratulating the Supreme Court for its landmark ruling as rainbow flag-waving crowds lined the streets. ``There's such a resonance, such a sense of movement,'' said Marty Downs, a community organizer with the New York...
  • Frist Wants Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

    06/29/2003 5:51:41 PM PDT · by mrobison · 427 replies · 524+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | June 29, 2003
    By WILLIAM C. MANN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The Senate majority leader said Sunday he supported a proposed constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage in the United States.   Sen. Bill Frist (news, bio, voting record), R-Tenn., said the Supreme Court's decision last week on gay sex threatens to make the American home a place where criminality is condoned. The court on Thursday threw out a Texas law that prohibited acts of sodomy between homosexuals in a private home, saying that such a prohibition violates the defendants' privacy rights under the Constitution. The ruling invalidated the Texas law and...
  • Freepers In Support Of The Supreme Court

    06/28/2003 12:38:52 PM PDT · by shred · 347 replies · 628+ views
    Vanity | 06/28/03 | shred
    I think there are many Freepers who are tired of this constant bashing of the Supreme Court for Lawrence v. Texas. I think they did a great job and stuck a knife in the heart of big government. Individual liberty is at the heart of what conservatism is all about - the individual having primacy over the state. It disturbs me that there are so many who wanted to see the state prevail in its desire to regulate private, individual freedoms. I say, good job, to a consistent, conservative SC! You did exactly what you're supposed to be doing.
  • Men whose sodomy case led to Supreme Court ruling keep low profile(Lawrence Garner Texas)

    06/29/2003 3:17:56 PM PDT · by weegee · 41 replies · 2,987+ views
    Dallas Morning News via ^ | Posted on Thu, Jun. 26, 2003 | BY BRUCE NICHOLS
    Men whose sodomy case led to Supreme Court ruling keep low profile BY BRUCE NICHOLS The Dallas Morning News HOUSTON - (KRT) - The two men whose appeal led the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Texas' sodomy law have been invisible warriors, making brief appearances at the courthouse but otherwise working with their lawyers to keep their lives secret. Until Thursday's ruling, the public view of Tyron Garner, 35, who was unemployed when arrested in 1998, and John Geddes Lawrence, 59, a longtime medical technologist, consisted of a brief TV news clip in which they decried their arrest. Garner and...
  • O'Connor Makes Catchphrase Law of the Land

    06/29/2003 3:36:08 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 87 replies · 521+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times (SomeTimes) ^ | 29 June 2003 | Mark Steyn
    I have a sneaking sympathy for Dick Gephardt. Hitherto the Democratic Party's most reliably unexciting presidential candidate, the former House minority leader went bananas the other day and said if the Supreme Court did something he didn't like he'd sign an executive order overturning it. Several conservatives did a bit of pro forma huffin' an' a-puffin' about why this makes Gephardt unfit to be president. But, speaking personally, I can't see why rule by Dick-tat would be worse in principle than the present system, whereby the nation's course for the decades ahead is effectively set by executive orders from Sandra...
  • Straight 'Pride Idol' ruffles some gays' feathers

    06/29/2003 9:24:12 AM PDT · by I_Love_My_Husband · 25 replies · 270+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 6/29/03 | Matier & Ross
    Watch out, "American Idol." San Francisco's first "Gay Pride Idol" makes her debut at today's big parade and rally -- only guess what? She's not gay. Or lesbian, bisexual or transgender, for that matter. She's straight. And boy, are some people ticked. "It is a huge slap in the face," fumed one losing "Pride Idol" contestant. "Completely outraged," another Pride-proud woman from Corte Madera wrote in an e-mail to parade organizers. "This should have been an opportunity for someone . . . who lives their life as a Queer and feels the joys and the pain of being Queer." Those...
  • Top Senator Backs Amendment Banning Gay Marriage - FRist,TN

    06/29/2003 12:32:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 168 replies · 609+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/29/03 | Peter Kaplan - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate said on Sunday he supported a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. Reuters Photo Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist expressed concern about the Supreme Court's decision last week to strike down a Texas sodomy law. He said he supported an amendment that would reserve marriage for relationships between men and women. "I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament, and that sacrament should extend and can extend to that legal entity of a union between, what is traditionally in our Western values has been defined, as between a...

    06/29/2003 11:26:04 AM PDT · by Polycarp · 563 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Heustis Update ^ | June 27, AD 2003 | Reed R. Heustis, Jr.
    BLAME THE GOP FOR PRO-SODOMY COURT DECISION By: Reed R. Heustis, Jr. June 27, AD 2003 With one stroke of the pen, [homosexuality] has triumphed at the Supreme Court. And guess what? Republican-appointed Justices are to blame. With a convincing 6-3 decision in Lawrence v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court on June 26 overturned a 1986 case, Bowers v. Hardwick, which had upheld the legitimacy of an anti-sodomy law. Sodomites and perverts all across America are hailing the Lawrence decision as the biggest gay rights victory in our nation's history. Mitchell Katine, the openly gay attorney representing John Lawrence...
  • Parade Treatment Irks Gay Groups (Gays whine about exclusion from Christian family parade)

    06/29/2003 10:20:24 AM PDT · by Mr. Mulliner · 47 replies · 907+ views
    The Hawaii Channel ^ | June 27, 2003
    Parade Treatment Irks Gay Groups Activists Preparing To Clash With Christian Coalition POSTED: 8:28 p.m. HST June 27, 2003 UPDATED: 8:37 a.m. HST June 28, 2003 HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is suing Honolulu city and county officials for excluding gay groups from a parade next week. The ACLU filed suit Friday in U.S. District Court. According to the complaint, the city and the Hawaii Christian Coalition promoted the July 5 "Family Day Parade" as co-sponsors. But after gay groups repeatedly tried to join, the suit says the organizers claimed the event was privately...
  • Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Supreme Court Ruling

    06/29/2003 10:10:30 AM PDT · by Mr. Mulliner · 10 replies · 347+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 29, 2003
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO  — Days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws against sodomy, Gay Pride parades (search) around the country offered gays and lesbians a chance to celebrate an historic victory they hope marks a new era of equality and respect.</p>
  • Court ruling gives Pride Parade an extra spark (Houston Texas gay pride parade)

    06/29/2003 3:16:13 AM PDT · by weegee · 25 replies · 582+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 28, 2003, 11:40PM | By ROBERT CROWE
    By ROBERT CROWE Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle From exotic drag queens strutting their stuff to colorful floats sporting gay and lesbian activists, the Houston Pride Parade on Saturday night attracted a large, festive crowd. While just as flamboyant as it has been during its previous 24 years, the atmosphere was charged by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that overturned Texas' sodomy law. "This is overwhelming and still seems a little unreal after all these years -- more than three decades of struggle -- that we're finally free in Texas and free all over the country," said Lee Harrington. A...

    06/28/2003 3:11:38 PM PDT · by Mr. Mulliner · 17 replies · 181+ views ^ | June 27, 2003 | Eugene Volokh
    June 27, 2003 / 12:48 PM ET               JUDGING CLARENCE THOMAS              Hello! I’m Eugene Volokh; I teach law at UCLA School of Law, and I blog at The Volokh Conspiracy, together with a bunch of my other friends (most of whom are also law professors). Many thanks to Glenn Reynolds for letting me guest-blog today and for a couple of days next week.              Lots of people have criticized Justice Clarence Thomas’ anti-race-preferences opinion (from Monday’s Grutter v. Bollinger decision concerning the University of Michigan Law...
  • Nor deny to any person

    06/28/2003 9:35:20 PM PDT · by kimani · 1 replies · 206+ views
    Nor deny to any person… The Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision regarding Grutter and Gratz has had the country abuzz for the past week. And while either side of the argument may lay claim to victory, I believe the country has been dealt a significant defeat. The decision, besides striking down the University of Michigan’s undergraduate admissions policy, left much to be desired. The only thing clear when the two cases are viewed side by side is the incoherence of the decisions, particularly when one reads the opinions of Justice O’Connor’s. She apparently desired to be everything to all people;...
  • As long as you're cagey, go ahead and discriminate

    06/28/2003 10:51:10 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 2 replies · 143+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 6/27/03 | David Reinhard
    You can still legally discriminate in this broad land. You can discriminate against certain races and ethnic groups, and you can discriminate in favor of certain races and ethnic groups. You just have to be tricky — subtle, nuanced, coy — about race-based discrimination these days. That's the bottom line in the two affirmative-action decisions the Supreme Court handed down Monday. A 6-3 decision held that the University of Michigan could not automatically award 20 points to every African-American, Hispanic and Native American undergraduate applicant. Sorting applicants by skin color — giving individuals a fifth of the points needed to...
  • A Gay Pride Day to remember

    06/29/2003 1:54:39 AM PDT · by kattracks · 23 replies · 334+ views
    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...
  • Is Lawrence Worse Than Roe?

    06/28/2003 7:08:52 AM PDT · by Polycarp · 696 replies · 1,535+ views
    CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter ^ | 6/27/03 | Deal Hudson
    Is Lawrence Worse Than Roe? CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter June 27, 2003 ********************************************** There has been a lot of lot of talk since yesterday's Supreme Court decision in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, a dispute over Texas' law making sodomy illegal. The Supreme Court overturned that law by a vote of 6 to 3, saying that such laws "demean the lives of homosexual persons" and infringe upon their right to privacy. Let me tell you right now: Lawrence is a devastating decision, worse than most people think -- and for reasons that haven't fully dawned on them yet. I...
  • Gays Overjoyed, Conservatives Despair Over Sodomy Ruling (Mega-barf ALERT)

    06/26/2003 5:44:54 PM PDT · by Brian S · 115 replies · 1,623+ views
    <p>In a gesture of gratitude for the Supreme Court's decision Thursday striking down a Texas anti-sodomy law, gay-rights activists lowered the huge rainbow flag that always flies over the city's Castro District and hoisted the Stars and Stripes in its place.</p>
  • TEEN People Mag: Born with the wrong body - Transgender teens... (MEGA-BARF ALERT)

    06/28/2003 3:50:21 PM PDT · by tgslTakoma · 106 replies · 6,167+ views
    Teen People Magazine | June / July 2003 | Stephanie Booth
    Their True SelvesKade Collins, 18, was a girl who felt like a boy. Samantha Lease, 19, was a boy who felt like a girl. Then each came out as transgender and felt much better as told to Stephanie Booth Kade's story:Growing up in Tucson, I was way more masculine than other girls. As early as four, I wanted my hair cut short like a boy's. When I was five, my mom made me wear a dress on Christmas, and I cried so much that she promised I'd never have to wear another. By age six, I'd only wear boys' clothes....
  • Implications of ruling surpasses gay rights, analysts say

    06/28/2003 8:02:00 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 26 replies · 184+ views ^ | 6/28/03 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) --The Supreme Court's ruling striking down bans on gay sex also strengthens the constitutional underpinnings for legal abortion and other socially divisive issues, some legal experts say.</p> <p>The decision in many respects deals with the same issues as the court's 30-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling that provided for legal abortions. Emory University law professor David Garrow said the ruling "strengthens and enshrines" the court's thinking in the abortion case.</p>
  • Santorum rips gay sex ruling

    06/28/2003 9:37:25 AM PDT · by I_Love_My_Husband · 167 replies · 700+ views
    The Tribune-Democrat ^ | 6/28/03 | Kirk Swauger
    Santorum rips gay sex ruling By KIRK SWAUGER, THE TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT June 28, 2003 U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is sharply criticizing a Supreme Court decision outlawing a Texas anti-sodomy law, saying in a local visit it will open the door to same-sex marriages. Measuring his words carefully after coming under fire for attacking homosexuals two months ago, Santorum, R-Pittsburgh, said the court redefined sexual mores. “We have now laid the framework for rewriting marriage statutes across the country,” Santorum said during a stop in Westmont for the 10th anniversary of a job training and placement program for veterans. He called the...
  • Boy suspected of committing incest

    06/27/2003 2:18:43 AM PDT · by loudmouths · 51 replies · 441+ views
    San Bernardino County Sun ^ | JUne 24, 2003 | By MELISSA PINION-WHITT, Staff Write
    BLOOMINGTON - Sheriff's detectives investigating the circumstances behind a stillborn fetus found in an alley arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of committing incest with his sister, the baby's mother.
  • Supreme Court: Texans Too Stupid To Rule State

    06/27/2003 12:36:43 PM PDT · by socal_parrot · 43 replies · 276+ views ^ | 06/26/03 | Scott Ott
    (2003-06-26) -- In a little noticed addendum to today's Lawrence and Garner v. Texas decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the citizens of Texas are not intelligent enough to rule their own state. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy noted, "Representative government is a good notion as far as it goes. But the citizens of Texas clearly lack the mental ability to elect representatives and make laws properly. We'll be keeping eye on them to protect them from themselves." Justice Kennedy also wrote that "citizens of many other states probably lack the intellectual capacity to rule themselves as...
  • Homosexuals Push for Same-Sex Marriage After Sodomy Ruling

    06/27/2003 2:19:02 AM PDT · by kattracks · 237 replies · 844+ views ^ | 6/27/03 | Robert B. Bluey
    ( - Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy statute, homosexual activists proclaimed their next target would be to overturn a host of laws they view as discriminatory, including those that limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. Even before the court's 6-3 ruling extended privacy rights to homosexuals, conservatives and pro-family advocates warned that such a decision would lead to an erosion of traditional values. Now, they said, it is even more important to fight back. "This is a major wake-up call," said the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition. "This is a...
  • Sodomy in the Age of Oprah

    06/27/2003 3:14:03 PM PDT · by protest1 · 29 replies · 316+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 6/27/2003 | George Neumayr
    Sodomy in the Age of Oprah By George Neumayr Published 6/27/2003 Supreme Court decisions increasingly read like transcripts from the Oprah Winfrey show. Justice Antonin Scalia notes the court's "famed sweet-mystery-of-life" howler: "At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe and the mystery of human life." Thursday's Supreme Court decision announcing a recently discovered inalienable right to sodomy contained a few more: "When sexuality finds overt expression in intimate conduct with another person, the conduct can be but one element in a personal bond that is more enduring."...