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  • George Chauncey: The Historian Behind Lawrence v. Texas

    08/27/2003 10:09:44 AM PDT · by bourbon · 9 replies · 2,337+ views
    U.Chicago Alumni Magazine ^ | 8/2003 | Rick Perlstein
    Moment of Decision WRITTEN BY RICK PERLSTEIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN DRY George Chauncey is a modest man. Shy, even. A few minutes before he began a lecture this past spring, just about every one of those swing-armed deskettes that populate Cobb Hall seminar rooms was occupied. The Chicago history professor entered, flushing a bit; sat, set down some papers; stood up; exchanged a few words—only a few—with his host, the head of the campus chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He returned to his chair, crossed his legs, then his arms, as if protecting his body. Students were still...
  • N.C. sodomy law still enforced despite ruling on Texas measure

    08/25/2003 5:58:18 PM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 13 replies · 152+ views
    News & Observer ^ | Monday, August 25, 2003 9:15AM EDT | The Associated Press
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Police and sheriff's deputies are still enforcing North Carolina's crime against nature law despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a similar Texas law prohibiting homosexual sex. The North Carolina law is defined to ban oral or anal sex between unmarried couples. Critics contend it has been used to criminalize gay relationships and discriminate against homosexuals. Constitutional law experts and gay advocates say the state statute became invalid when the Supreme Court struck down the Texas law against sodomy. "We don't believe that there is a constitutional way to enforce the crime against nature law,"...
  • What's so funny about abstinence, Al Franken?

    08/22/2003 1:05:02 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 366+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 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 (www.thesmokinggun.com), 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...
  • Lawrence Vs Texas (Conclusion): Falling For Anything — Reaping What We've Sown

    08/21/2003 11:32:48 AM PDT · by 45Auto · 9 replies · 406+ views
    TooGood Reports ^ | 20 July 2003 | Paul E. Scates
    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. — John Adams Some private behaviors - e.g., prostitution, gambling or drug taking — involve corollary criminal activities or public health issues, thus there is a legitimate state interest in banning those behaviors. In addition to its flagrant assault on societal moral standards, homosexual sodomy is a major source of the spread of AIDS (which incurs enormous health care costs ultimately passed on to the public), and thus warrants such status. However, Justice Kennedy, his cohorts and his predecessors...
  • In Defense Of Prostitution

    08/21/2003 7:06:56 AM PDT · by dogbrain · 69 replies · 423+ views
    Legal Affairs ^ | Sept/Oct '03 | By Heidi Fleiss as told to Nadya Labi
    TEN YEARS AGO, I WAS ARRESTED AT MY HOME IN BEVERLY HILLS for pandering, which the dictionary defines as acting as "a go-between in sexual intrigue." In other words, I was a madam. After a jury convicted me of three counts of pandering, the verdicts were thrown out, but the government didn't give up. It made me the Al Capone of prostitution. I spent three years in a federal penitentiary in Dublin, Calif., for conspiracy, tax evasion, and money laundering. But it was the sex that got me in trouble. When I was a Hollywood madam, I had between 20...
  • Sadomasochistic Roots of Justice Kennedy's Opinion: Decision Based On Fraudulent 'Science'

    08/19/2003 8:42:11 AM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 60 replies · 2,737+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Aug 19, 2003 | Judith Reisman
    The is the first of a three-part series) In his distinguished book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn, the late MIT philosopher of science, noted that scientists were not always disinterested, "objective" scholars. Too often, bogus research findings become "fashionable" as scientists and society embrace a revolutionary new paradigm based on deceptive "scientific findings." Consider the "science" of "phrenology," so popular a century ago, which specifically linked intelligence and character traits to skull shape and cranial size. Lawrence v. Texas is a flagrant, indeed chilling, example of just such a bogus "scientific" revolution, one in which the U.S....
  • News from Toronto: All Is Not Lost

    08/18/2003 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 15 replies · 228+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 18 Aug 03 | Chuck Colson
    I was in Canada recently for Prison Fellowship International's Quadrennial Convocation, a wonderful gathering of Christians from 120 countries with thrilling reports of how God is at work in the lives of prisoners and their families. While there, I read -- as everybody in Canada does -- the GLOBE AND MAIL, about as liberal a newspaper as there is in the western hemisphere. But that's fitting. Canada is, after all, one of the most liberal countries in the world. The conservative party barely exists. The Christian Church has been under attack. And same-sex "marriage" has been legalized by judicial fiat...
  • JUDICIAL TYRANNY

    08/16/2003 11:00:36 AM PDT · by webber · 13 replies · 220+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Richard Lessner
    <p>One of the greatest contemporary threats to the survival of republican government arises from the courts. Increasingly, judges are behaving like black-robed autocrats, not simply ruling upon the law, but making law.</p> <p>In California, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it refers to "One Nation, Under God," allegedly violating the First Amendment's "establishment clause."</p>
  • Gays Force The Issue (GOP trying to attract gays)

    08/13/2003 3:07:35 PM PDT · by M 91 u2 K · 25 replies · 652+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | 8/13/03 | Dan Gilgoff
    Gays Force The Issue Republicans and Democrats are discovering they can't avoid homosexual politics. The question is, where are the votes? By Dan Gilgoff At a congressional fundraiser last summer, Bob Kabel got the chance to do what most Republicans only dream of: pose for a photo with George W. Bush. Then Kabel, a former chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans--the country's biggest gay GOP group--won an even rarer prize: a personal message from the president. "I know exactly who y'all are," Bush told Kabel. "I'm working so that people don't have heartburn over your issues." Kabel was moved, but...
  • Just because you're heterosexual doesn't mean you're wrong!!

    08/12/2003 11:11:54 PM PDT · by Elkiejg · 10 replies · 724+ views
    Townhall ^ | 8/13/03 | Kathleen Parker
    Our either-or cultural template has come to an unattractive head during the recent Gay Moment, as these days are being dubbed. Of course we've already named it. We can't just let an epic or a decade or a moment slip by without a title. A label. A category. Labeling, in fact, is one of our favorite things in compulsive, either/or America. As in, you're either for us or against us. You're either from Mars or from Venus. You're either pro-gay marriage - or you're a right-wing, fascist, dogmatic homophobe. Well, no, not really. Sometimes you're not a homophobe, but you...
  • Can globalism amend our Constitution?

    08/12/2003 3:06:38 PM PDT · by LibertyAndJusticeForAll · 40 replies · 737+ views
    townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2003 | Phyllis Schlafly
    We live in a global economy, right? But the elites mouthing this mantra haven't shared with the U.S. people the news that globalism not only means open borders for the movement of goods and the migration of peoples, but also textbooks teaching children to be citizens of the world instead of patriots. Globalism also means bending the U.S. Constitution to conform to the opinions of foreigners who pompously enunciate new laws and new human rights. The utterings of these self-important bureaucrats in the United Nations and Europe could be merely matters for TV humor if it were not that U.S....
  • Gay-rights advocates, opponents see this summer as `watershed'

    08/12/2003 8:44:43 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 14 replies · 68+ views
    Times Leader ^ | Aug. 12, 2003 | RANDY MYERS
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - (KRT) - Suddenly this summer, landmark decisions on gay rights whipped the nation with a tornado's ferocity, leveling previous rulings and shattering taboos. From the U.S. Supreme Court overturning anti-sodomy laws to the contentious debate rocking the Episcopalian church as its first openly gay elected bishop takes office, to approval of same-sex marriages in two Canadian provinces, sexuality issues muscled into headlines and airwaves. "I think there's no question that this summer has been a watershed in the cultural history of gay and lesbian rights and sexual rights in general," said Gilbert Herdt, director of the...
  • Ron Paul - Federal Courts and the Imaginary Constitution

    08/11/2003 11:45:05 AM PDT · by jmc813 · 307 replies · 1,033+ views
    House Web Site ^ | 8-11-2003 | Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
    It’s been a tough summer for social conservatives, thanks to our federal courts. From “gay rights” to affirmative action to Boy Scouts to the Ten Commandments, federal courts recently have issued rulings that conflict with both the Constitution and overwhelming public sentiment. Conservatives and libertarians who once viewed the judiciary as the final bulwark against government tyranny must now accept that no branch of government even remotely performs its constitutional role. The practice of judicial activism- legislating from the bench- is now standard for many federal judges. They dismiss the doctrine of strict construction as hopelessly outdated, instead treating the...
  • ‘This Could Be Your Kid’

    08/10/2003 11:14:30 AM PDT · by mlmr · 69 replies · 1,032+ views
    Newsweek online ^ | .08.10.03 | By Suzanne Smalley
    <p>Aug. 18 issue — Like many teenage girls in Minneapolis, 17-year-old Stacey liked to hang out after school at the Mall of America, Minnesota’s vast shopping megaplex. Cute, blond and chatty, she flirted with boys and tried on the latest Gap fashions. One day last summer, Stacey, which isn’t her real name, says she was approached by a man who told her how pretty she was, and asked if he could buy her some clothes. “He was an older guy, dressed really well,” she recalls. “He said he just wanted to see me in the clothes.” Stacey agreed, and went home that night with a $250 outfit.</p>
  • Teen Prostitution; Trends Show Kids Getting Younger, More from Middle-Class Homes

    08/10/2003 12:44:03 PM PDT · by narses · 49 replies · 1,772+ views
    <p>NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the last year, local and federal law-enforcement officials say they have noted a marked increase in teen prostitution in cities across the country, reports Assistant Editor Suzanne Smalley in the August 18 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, August 11).</p> <p>Law-enforcement agencies and advocacy groups that work with teen prostitutes say they are increasingly alarmed by the trend lines: the kids are getting younger; according to the FBI, the average age of a new recruit is just 13; some are as young as 9. And, while the vast majority of teen prostitutes today are runaways, illegal immigrants and children of poor urban areas, experts say a growing number now come from middle-class homes.</p>
  • The Ginsburg Doctrine (SCOTUS influenced by foreign jurisprudence)

    08/10/2003 11:10:38 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 20 replies · 638+ views
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | August 10, 2003 | Bradley R. Gitz
    The biggest story from last week was a speech that didn’t even make the back pages of most newspapers. In an address before a liberal organization called (hopefully facetiously) the American Constitution Society, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, noting the value of foreign jurisprudence in shaping the court’s rulings, argued that it was acceptable to be influenced in decisions by international law and the provisions of the constitutions of other countries. As she so earnestly put it, in reference to the apparently outmoded idea that American judges should apply American law and American law only to the cases before...
  • Judicial tyranny

    08/10/2003 1:34:08 AM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 53 replies · 460+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 08/09/03 | Richard Lessner
    <p>One of the greatest contemporary threats to the survival of republican government arises from the courts. Increasingly, judges are behaving like black-robed autocrats, not simply ruling upon the law, but making law.</p> <p>In California, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it refers to "One Nation, Under God," allegedly violating the First Amendment's "establishment clause."</p>
  • Columnist Joseph Farah Warns Against "Supreme Court Internationalists"

    08/08/2003 8:10:00 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 7 replies · 246+ views
    WND.com ^ | 08-08-03 | Farah, Joseph
    Supreme Court internationalists Posted: August 8, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com As if it weren't bad enough that the U.S. Supreme Court majority pays little heed to the U.S. Constitution, now it is becoming clear five or six members of the court are being influenced by the constitutions and courts of foreign countries. Ruth Bader Ginsburg blew the court's cover in a speech to the American Constitution Society, explaining that her colleagues are looking beyond America's borders for guidance in handling cases on issues like the death penalty and homosexual rights. In a decision earlier this summer in...
  • Supreme Court internationalists: Farah blasts justices for weighing US law by foreign scales

    08/08/2003 4:44:38 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 511+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, August 8, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    As if it weren't bad enough that the U.S. Supreme Court majority pays little heed to the U.S. Constitution, now it is becoming clear five or six members of the court are being influenced by the constitutions and courts of foreign countries. Ruth Bader Ginsburg blew the court's cover in a speech to the American Constitution Society, explaining that her colleagues are looking beyond America's borders for guidance in handling cases on issues like the death penalty and homosexual rights. In a decision earlier this summer in a Texas case in which anti-sodomy laws were overruled, the justices first referred...
  • Rainbow warriors

    08/08/2003 2:34:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies · 382+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | August 8, 2003 | Laura Secor
    <p>The gay-rights movement has seized the nation's attention and agenda. Can it hold them?</p> <p>IN JUNE 26, when the US Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy legislation across the country in Lawrence v. Texas, it did something else nearly as momentous: It acknowledged and legitimated a shift in public attitudes toward gay rights. Supreme Court justices, like the public at large, were ready to think about gay sex without blushing. Says Sue Hyde, a Cambridge-based activist with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, ''To me the subtext was, `This just doesn't freak us out anymore.' The court could bring legal analysis to bear on this issue, instead of the ick factor.''</p>
  • The Struggle for Marriage: Moving Forward after LAWRENCE

    08/07/2003 9:44:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 24 replies · 157+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 7 Aug 03 | Chuck Colson
    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision striking down the Texas law banning sodomy has moved us a giant step closer to sanctioning same-sex "marriage." The response to the decision has been swift. First, the Vatican issued a powerful statement calling all Catholic officeholders to vote against gay "marriage," to uphold traditional heterosexual union, and to work for the repeal of laws that weaken marriage. The very next day President Bush took a clear, unequivocal -- and, I believe, courageous -- stand. He declared his support for the sanctity of heterosexual marriages, significantly using the word sanctity. He also counseled that...
  • Help please. I need comments on this essay that I will submit to The Omaha World-Hearld.

    08/07/2003 6:57:16 AM PDT · by Creightongrad · 7 replies · 417+ views
    The Omaha World-Herald | TBA | David D. Begley
    Contrary to the World-Herald’s assertion in its August 3, 2003 op-ed (“Much Ado about Little”), there is a need for a federal constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. A constitutional amendment, and not just a statute, is necessary as a pre-emptive defense of a fundamental societal value because of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Lawrence v. Texas. As a first principle the purpose of marriage must be ascertained. Maggie Gallagher, editor of MarriageDebate.com, has written that, “Marriage is the fundamental, cross-cultural institution for bridging the male-female divide so that children have loving, committed mothers and...
  • Commentary: Foreign Jurisprudence Must Not Apply Here

    08/07/2003 3:38:13 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 238+ views
    Crosswalk.com via TownHall.com ^ | 8/07/03 | Alan E. Sears
    It’s bad enough when judges legislate from the bench, but appealing to foreign courts for precedent to apply in our country is, in the minds of some, almost treasonous.  Yet an appeal to foreign courts – to share with a “wider civilization” – was part of the reasoning used by the United States Supreme Court in its majority opinion in Lawrence v. Texas. In Lawrence, the court announced a new, fabricated constitutional right to engage in sodomy.  Its arguments were so questionable that the majority in Lawrence had to refer not just to the legal alchemy of Griswold v....
  • Ginsburg: Rulings in other countries are relevant here ( referred to the findings of foreign courts)

    08/06/2003 1:34:41 PM PDT · by comnet · 50 replies · 440+ views
    ap ^ | Monday, August 4, 2003 | ap
    Ginsburg: Rulings in other countries are relevant here U.S. Supreme Court The U.S. Supreme Court is looking beyond America's borders for guidance in handling cases on issues like the death penalty and gay rights, according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The justices referred to the findings of foreign courts this summer in their ruling that states may not punish gay couples for having sex. And in 2002, the court said that executing mentally retarded people is unconstitutionally cruel. That ruling noted that the practice was opposed internationally. "Our island or lone ranger mentality is beginning to change," Ginsburg said Saturday...
  • The decriminalization of sodomy

    08/04/2003 11:40:10 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 148+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8/05/03 | William E. May
    <p>To decriminalize behavior such as sodomy is one thing (and good reasons can be given for such decriminalization).Butin Lawrence vs. Texas, the majority opinion went far beyond this, and in effect, declared anal/oral sex — or for that matter, any kind of sexual act, when chosen by consenting adults — to be morally equivalent to the conjugal act.</p>
  • Ginsburg: Int'l law shaped court rulings

    08/03/2003 7:04:18 AM PDT · by kattracks · 113 replies · 1,849+ views
    AP | 8/03/03 | GINA HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is looking beyond America's borders for guidance in handling cases on issues like the death penalty and gay rights, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Saturday.The justices referred to the findings of foreign courts this summer in their own ruling that states may not punish gay couples for having sex.And in 2002, the court said that executing mentally retarded people is unconstitutionally cruel. That ruling noted that the practice was opposed internationally."Our island or lone ranger mentality is beginning to change," Ginsburg said during a speech to the American Constitution Society, a liberal lawyers...
  • Justices use guidance from foreign courts

    08/03/2003 3:05:07 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 19 replies · 387+ views
    AP ^ | August 3, 2003 | GINA HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON--The Supreme Court is looking beyond America's borders for guidance in handling cases on issues like the death penalty and gay rights, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Saturday. The justices referred to the findings of foreign courts this summer in their ruling that states may not punish gay couples for having sex. And in 2002, the court said that executing mentally retarded people is unconstitutionally cruel. That ruling noted that the practice was opposed internationally. ''Our island or lone ranger mentality is beginning to change,'' Ginsburg told the American Constitution Society, a liberal lawyers group holding its first convention. Justices...
  • Polygamist Policeman Wants to Use Supreme Court Decision -

    08/02/2003 10:02:24 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 15 replies · 100+ views
    KSL - TV ^ | August 1, 2003
    Polygamist Policeman Wants to Use Supreme Court Decision Aug. 1, 2003 New developments in the trial of a polygamous policeman in Hilldale, Utah. Attorneys for Rodney Holm have cited the U-S Supreme Court ruling overturning a Texas sodomy law. Holm is facing charges of unlawful sex and bigamy. His lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss them based on the Supreme court ruling. Holm is a police officer in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, and has had 21 children with the three wives. He is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old...and one count of bigamy...
  • Hillary slams top court's decisions

    08/02/2003 3:25:48 AM PDT · by kattracks · 38 replies · 159+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8/02/03 | AP
    <p>Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday said Supreme Court victories this year for homosexual couples, minorities and women do not erase the distrust created by other "legally dubious" rulings, including the Bush v. Gore presidential election case.</p> <p>"These favorable decisions in recent months should not obscure the torrent of aggressively activist and legally dubious decisions of times past," Mrs. Clinton, New York Democrat, told the American Constitution Society.</p>
  • Bush wants marriage reserved for heterosexuals 'We ought to codify that'

    07/30/2003 2:48:48 PM PDT · by demlosers · 39 replies · 287+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2003
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush indicated Wednesday he opposes extending marriage rights to homosexuals, saying he believes marriage "is between a man and a woman."</p> <p>Bush said it is "important for society to welcome each individual," but administration lawyers are looking for some way to legally limit marriage to heterosexuals.</p>
  • Columnist Farah Warns of "Pushy Homosexuality"

    07/30/2003 2:32:57 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 8 replies · 198+ views
    WND.com ^ | 07-30-03 | Farah, Joseph
    Pushy homosexuality Posted: July 30, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com A new USA Today /CNN /Gallup Survey suggests there is a backlash of public opinion against homosexuality after the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Texas' sodomy law. It's not surprising. The decision was widely seen as a judicial push for the agenda of homosexual political activists eager to see their lifestyle not only accepted nationwide but promoted by government and major cultural institutions. Defenders of the Texas law had contended the ultimate goal of the case was not to end sodomy laws, but to advance the "ambitious agenda"...
  • Poll: Acceptance of Gay Rights Stalled

    07/29/2003 11:28:28 PM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 39+ views
    AP | 7/30/03 | WILL LESTER
    WASHINGTON, Jul 30, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- A Supreme Court decision that struck down a Texas law banning gay sex may have caused a backlash that at least temporarily reversed a gradual shift toward more public acceptance of gay rights, pollsters suggest. The change in polls showed up in recent weeks in CNN-USA Today-Gallup polls. One Gallup poll released this week shows people are now about evenly divided about whether homosexual relations should be legal. In the poll, taken Friday through Sunday, 48 percent said such relations should be legal and 46 percent said they shouldn't. That's...
  • Pushy homosexuality: Joseph Farah on growing backlash of public opinion against sodomy

    07/29/2003 11:03:15 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 124 replies · 193+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    A new USA Today /CNN /Gallup Survey suggests there is a backlash of public opinion against homosexuality after the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Texas' sodomy law. It's not surprising. The decision was widely seen as a judicial push for the agenda of homosexual political activists eager to see their lifestyle not only accepted nationwide but promoted by government and major cultural institutions. Defenders of the Texas law had contended the ultimate goal of the case was not to end sodomy laws, but to advance the "ambitious agenda" of homosexual activists. Justice Antonin Scalia, in a scathing dissent, agreed. "The...
  • Should same-sex polygamy be legal?

    07/29/2003 6:42:54 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 65 replies · 352+ views
    July 27, 03 | churchillbuff
    "Once gay male couples with open sexual relationships or lesbian couples with de facto families are legally ‘married’ the way will be open to even more imaginative combinations," says Hudson Institute scholar and anthropologist Stanley N. Kurtz in Commentary Magazine. "On what grounds, for instance, could the sperm donor and aging rock star David Crosby be denied the right to join in matrimony with both the lesbian rock singer Melissa Etheridge and her lover, Julie Cypher, the ‘mothers’ of his child?" Kurtz says polygamy supporters may seek legal recognition for group marriages soon enough. My question: WHY SHOULDN'T SAME-SEX POLYGAMY...
  • Answering a Libertarian’s ‘Assault on Morality’

    07/29/2003 3:04:18 PM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 154 replies · 798+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 7/28/2003 | Mark Landsbaum
    How can one say that government and morals shouldn't mix? And that "tolerating" homosexuality is compassionate?Editor’s note: Writer Mark Landsbaum responded to libertarian Doug Bandow (a friend of this editor) who wrote a Townhall.com column making the case against sodomy laws. We think it is an excellent response not only to Mr. Bandow, but it dismantles two libertarian errors: the idea that government and morals shouldn’t mix, and that "tolerating" homosexuality is more compassionate than discouraging it. – Robert Knight, director, Culture & Family Institute of CWADear Mr. Bandow, In your column "Assault on Morality?" you prop up straw men...
  • The 1st homosexual school: Joseph Farah connects dots between New York City, Supreme Court

    07/29/2003 1:28:58 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 8+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, July 29, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    New York City has done what many of us would have considered unthinkable just a few months ago – announced plans for the first taxpayer-funded, all-homosexual high school. I don't believe this would be happening now without the U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating the anti-sodomy law in Texas. Now the homosexual activists are working at a fever pitch to transform Western civilization. Indoctrinating the next generation is an important step in that process. Welcome to the brave new world of the Harvey Milk High School, exclusively for students who are homosexuals, lesbians, bisexual and – my favorite – "transgendered." Why?...
  • Bugger American Civilization

    07/28/2003 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Warhammer · 9 replies · 236+ views
    GOP USA ^ | July 28, 2003 | James A Bowden
    Bugger American Civilization By James A. Bowden July 28, 2003 When the Alaric the Visigoth's barbarians sacked Rome in 410 A.D. they had the decency to break things. They pillaged and took prisoners so there was no doubt that Roman Civilization was being trashed. Everyone knew something huge had happened, even if part of the Roman Empire would survive another thousand years (1453, Fall of Constantinople). Clearly, the civilization was in big trouble. So, it was quite thoughtless of the U.S. Supreme Court to not break any windows when they voted to bugger American Civilization. It's the least they could...
  • Charge: Father, Daughter Married (Is it Okay With Sandra Day O'Connor?)

    07/25/2003 10:39:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 204 replies · 8,586+ views
    Mobile Register ^ | 07/25/03 | KAREN TOLKKINEN
    Authorities accuse couple of illegal incestuous unionA Mobile County grand jury has said that a Theodore husband and wife may really be father and daughter and ought to be tried for incest. Carrol Eugene Ferdinandsen, 53, and Alice Faye Ferdinandsen, 30, were arrested Thursday and charged with incest and fraud in connection with their May 2 marriage in a civil ceremony in Mobile County. They were indicted in June. According to Mobile County court records, Alice was the third child of Carrol and Shirley Faye Ferdinandsen, and her mother filed for divorce when Alice was only 4 months old. Her...
  • Now That Sodomy Is Legal, Is Gay Marriage Far Behind?

    07/23/2003 6:13:16 AM PDT · by Liz · 19 replies · 159+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | 7/28/2003 edition | Richard Brookhiser
    The Lawrence decision has come and gone, and it is now legal in Texas to commit homosexual sodomy—not because the electorate that twice bestowed the governorship on George W. Bush decided this was enlightened social policy, but because the Supreme Court found that the Constitution would have it so. When will gay marriage come to us, by this or some other route? The two sides are already patrolling the no-fly zone of intellectual discourse, spying on each other’s positions and bombing select targets. So far, most of the war of words has been devoted to the effects that gay marriage...
  • Assault on morality?

    07/23/2003 12:50:39 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 214+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2003 | Doug Bandow
    WASHINGTON - For more than a year, American politics has focused on war abroad. But the Supreme Court's decision voiding state anti-sodomy laws has inflamed the culture war at home. Conservative religious groups prophesy a moral apocalypse; Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is calling for a federal constitutional amendment on marriage. In Lawrence vs. Texas, the Supreme Court overturned anti-sodomy laws because they intruded in the "realm of personal liberty which the government may not enter." Obviously, one can criticize Lawrence on constitutional grounds. Many religious conservatives, however, contend not only that the ruling is wrong, but that the policy...
  • The Sovereignty Implications of Two Recent Supreme Court Decisions

    07/19/2003 8:08:24 AM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 29 replies · 1,374+ views
    The Federalist Society ^ | July 03 | Eric D. Hargan
    The Supreme Court, in two recent cases (Lawrence v. Texas and Atkins v. Virginia) is continuing a trend of citations of foreign and international law, particularly European law, as supporting evidence for the validity of its decisions. This use of international sources in cases involving purely domestic concerns is alien to the American legal system, historically, and, if unchecked, will produce a further erosion of American sovereignty, in addition to the mischief already done by these cases. Lawrence v. Texas, 02-102 (2003), is the recent case overturning a Texas statute barring same-sex sodomy. Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, cites...
  • Impact of Supreme Court sodomy decision in Kansas

    07/19/2003 3:46:27 PM PDT · by Central_Floridian · 16 replies · 56+ views
    NewsMax, KCTV ^ | 19 July 2003 | Central_Floridian
    The impact of Lawrence vs. Texas seen in Kansas
  • Anti-sodomy dissent mirrors slavery reasoning, scholars say [Mega-Barf Alert!!]

    07/19/2003 6:25:19 AM PDT · by bourbon · 10 replies · 164+ views
    Biloxi Sun-Herald (Knight-Ridder Wires) ^ | 7/18/03 | Stephen Henderson
    WASHINGTON - In the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling that wiped out anti-sodomy laws, some legal scholars say parts of Justice Antonin Scalia's angry dissent echo the reasoning used in the court's 19th-century decision that justified slavery. In both cases, Dred Scott in 1857 and Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, justices faced crucial questions about constitutional liberties: Are they set in stone? Or should the court take an evolving view of the Constitution and extend rights to groups the founders left out? In Dred Scott, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney said the Constitution and the nation's legal history...
  • The Court Can Do No Wrong (Joseph Sobran)

    07/17/2003 2:34:42 PM PDT · by Korth · 39 replies · 479+ views
    Sobrans ^ | July 1, 2003 | Joseph Sobran
    Justice Anthony Kennedy has a habit of answering questions nobody has asked, and answering them badly. Faced with a legal issue, he is apt to get all metaphysical, in the manner of a college student at an all-night bull session, and with similarly sophomoric vanity. In his majority opinion finding a Texas sodomy law unconstitutional, he quoted, without embarrassment, indeed with evident pride, one of his own effusions of a decade ago: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” Deep,...
  • 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...
  • Lawrence Vs Texas: 'Spatial And Transcendent Dimensions' Of Liberty: Not In The Constitution!

    07/16/2003 7:01:11 AM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 2 replies · 314+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | July 16, 2003 | Paul E. Scates
    I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. — James Madison, author of the U.S. Constitution The Constitution, according to the Supreme Court, past and present, provides for a 'right to privacy.' Justice William Douglas, in his majority opinion for Griswold vs Connecticut (1965), gave us the now-notorious expression used as the basis for a Constitutional right to privacy: "The foregoing cases suggest that specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those...
  • 'Gay' Repubs hail White House access

    07/16/2003 1:14:30 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 220+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2003
    The leader of the nation's most well-known homosexual Republican organization says his group is consulted on nearly a weekly basis by the White House. "(O)ur access is unprecedented," Log Cabin Club executive director Patrick Guerriero told Metro Weekly, a Washington-area homosexual magazine. "I'm not sure there's been a week that I've been on the job where we haven't been called to the White House or asked to attend a meeting with the Republican leadership to discuss issues ranging from tax fairness to judicial nominations to global and domestic AIDS policy." The article was e-mailed yesterday between the leaders of many...
  • 'Gay' Repubs hail White House access

    07/16/2003 6:28:20 AM PDT · by Paloma_55 · 20 replies · 218+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 16th, 2003 | n/a
    Log Cabin Club leader says group consulted weekly The leader of the nation's most well-known homosexual Republican organization says his group is consulted on nearly a weekly basis by the White House. "(O)ur access is unprecedented," Log Cabin Club executive director Patrick Guerriero told Metro Weekly, a Washington-area homosexual magazine. "I'm not sure there's been a week that I've been on the job where we haven't been called to the White House or asked to attend a meeting with the Republican leadership to discuss issues ranging from tax fairness to judicial nominations to global and domestic AIDS policy." The article...
  • Broadcaster Pat Robertson calls for retirement of justices

    07/14/2003 9:35:48 PM PDT · by Brian S · 41 replies · 181+ views
    <p>Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson urged his nationwide audience Monday to pray for God to remove three justices from the Supreme Court so they could be replaced by conservatives.</p> <p>"We ask for miracles in regard to the Supreme Court," Robertson said on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club."</p>