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  • Chad considering anti-gay legislation, says group

    09/23/2014 9:26:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
    Amnesty International says a draft anti-gay bill in Chad represents a backward step for human rights in the country. The rights group said Tuesday that amendments to the penal code proposed by the government would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, threatening jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine ranging from $100 and $1,000. …
  • Gay Sex No Longer a Crime in Montana

    04/19/2013 7:19:18 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/19/2013 | By Matt Cantor
    Montana has been a little slow to decriminalize gay sex—but a law banning it was finally wiped from the books after Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill yesterday. Activists had been fighting the ban for decades; the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional 16 years ago, the AP notes, and it hadn't been enforced for years. Bullock's signature prompted cheers. "I am not going to speak too long because, frankly, the longer I talk, the longer this embarrassing and unconstitutional law stays on the books," he said. Gay rights advocates hoped the move was a step forward. "As more and...
  • The House of Lies (the 2003 ruling that overturned anti-sodomy laws)

    03/26/2013 3:11:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 25, 2013 | Anne Hendershott
    This week’s Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage cases owe much to Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 ruling that overturned anti-sodomy laws. However, the story behind Lawrence isn’t what many suppose. Anne Hendershott A cake for a same-sex wedding at Morfey's Cake Shoppe in Seattle in 2004 (CNS photo from Reuters) The recent endorsement of same-sex marriage by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came as no surprise. She joins a long list of politicians—mostly Democrats, but increasingly more Republicans—who claim to have been “recently” converted to the cause. Earlier this month her husband, the former President William Clinton, published...
  • Elton John and partner 'tie the knot'

    12/21/2005 3:09:14 AM PST · by beaversmom · 17 replies · 681+ views
    CNN ^ | December 21, 2005
    LONDON, England (CNN) -- Elton John and his partner David Furnish are among hundreds of gay couples in England and Wales making legal history as they "tie the knot" on Wednesday. The couple are exchanging vows during a civil partnership ceremony at Windsor's town hall -- the Guildhall -- where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles wed in April. The couple plan a low-key private ceremony, with only John's mother and stepfather and Furnish's parents attending. Later in the day, the couple will throw a star-studded party, costing an estimated $1.75 million, according to The Associated Press. Two giant white...
  • How staged sex crime fooled Supreme Court

    10/24/2005 12:27:04 PM PDT · by Hunterb · 286 replies · 4,765+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 24, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – Was the U.S. Supreme Court fooled by a make-believe sodomy case in Lawrence v. Texas – one manufactured by homosexual activists to entrap police and ensnare the judicial system in a conspiracy to change the law of the land? That is the compelling verdict of a new book, "Sex Appealed: Was the U.S. Supreme Court Fooled?" by Judge Janice Law. It was in the Houston courthouse where Law presided as judge that she first heard rumors that the key figures in what became the landmark Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court case actually invited arrest in a pre-arranged setup...
  • Virginia Court Strikes Down Law Against Sex By Singles

    01/14/2005 2:34:56 PM PST · by KidGlock · 87 replies · 2,057+ views
    WFTV ^ | 1/14/04
    Virginia Court Strikes Down Law Against Sex By Singles POSTED: 4:20 pm EST January 14, 2005 RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday struck down an archaic and rarely enforced state law prohibiting sex between unmarried people. The unanimous ruling strongly suggests that a separate anti-sodomy law in Virginia also is unconstitutional, although that statute is not directly affected. The justices based their ruling on a U.S. Supreme Court decision voiding an anti-sodomy law in Texas. "This case directly affects only the fornication law but makes it absolutely clear how the court would rule were the sodomy law...
  • Former (NY) Dem Leader Sentenced for Sodomy

    09/22/2004 7:57:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,721+ views
    Brooklyn Eagle ^ | September 22, 2004 | Jonah Bruno
    ADAMS STREET — A former Democratic district leader Anabil Ortiz was sentenced yesterday to two-and-a-half to six years in prison for sexually assaulting his fiancé’s 13-year-old sister. Anabil Ortiz, 41, was convicted in June of second-degree sodomy, a class-D felony, which carries a maximum sentence of three to seven years.Ortiz’s victim testified that he showed her a porno movie and then performed oral sex acts similar to those depicted in the movie, until she told him to stop. Later Ortiz told her he loved her and that she should call him if she ever wanted to do it again, the...
  • Of Yale, hookers, and tolerance

    09/02/2004 8:28:17 AM PDT · by outlawcam · 61 replies · 2,403+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-1-2004 | Ben Shapiro
    Last Sunday, I picked up a copy of Boston Magazine while sitting in the green room at the Fox News studios in Watertown, Mass. Leafing through the publication, I came across an article titled "Confessions of an Ivy League Callgirl," written by Jeannette Angell, a university lecturer with a master's degree from Yale. The fact that she was a Yalie caught my eye -- as a Harvard Law student, I've already adopted our communal animosities -- and so I read the piece.  Apparently, Angell began trading sex for cash after receiving her doctorate in social anthropology. But what was shocking...
  • Two cases from Va. Beach challenge state's sodomy law

    07/12/2004 6:34:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 1,174+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 7/13/04 | JUSTIN BERGMAN/AP
    RICHMOND — A Virginia Beach man convicted of soliciting sex in a department store bathroom is challenging the state's sodomy law, which prosecutors have continued to enforce a year after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Lawrence v. Texas. Lambda Legal, the gay rights group that handled the Lawrence case, filed a petition with the Virginia Court of Appeals Monday on behalf of Joel Singson, who was convicted of solicitation of sodomy last year. His challenge follows a similar petition to appeal that was filed by another Virginia Beach man in May, and a case involving two inmates that was...
  • 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...
  • The end of the gay marriage debate? (Jeff Jacoby)

    05/16/2004 7:55:53 AM PDT · by Snuffington · 162 replies · 1,198+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 16, 2004 | Jeff Jacoby
    JEFF JACOBYThe end of the gay marriage debate? By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist  |  May 16, 2004 THIS IS THE week that same-sex marriage comes to Massachusetts, and thus to the United States. The fundamental building block of civilization is about to undergo a radical change -- a change opposed by a majority of American adults. How did this happen? The joining of gay and lesbian couples in marriage may turn out to be the most consequential development of our lifetimes. How did we get here? The answer to that question has several parts. At the most obvious level, the...
  • Pair proud they could get sodomy law thrown out (Lawrence v. Texas case anniversary)

    04/25/2004 12:05:49 AM PDT · by weegee · 10 replies · 464+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 25, 2004, 12:12AM | By PATTY REINERT
    Almost six years after police stormed his apartment and arrested him for having sex with another man, this is what John Lawrence remembers: Harris County Sheriff's Department officers shoving him to the couch, shattering the porcelain birds that were a gift from his mother. The humiliating ride to the station, wearing only handcuffs and underwear. The fingerprinting and mugshot, the bologna sandwich he ate in jail, the jeans another inmate gave him for the ride home, the cabbie who took him, though he had no wallet to pay. And the call to his elderly father to tell him what had...
  • Judicial Tyranny? - Ann Coulter

    12/04/2003 1:05:35 AM PST · by kattracks · 46 replies · 538+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 12/04/03 | Ann Coulter
    The first killing of an abortion doctor by an anti-abortion activist happened in 1993. Since then, six more people have been killed in attacks on abortion clinics, which is fewer people who ended up dead by being in the vicinity of recently released Weatherman Kathy Boudin. Most of the abortionists were shot or, depending upon your point of view, had a procedure performed on them with a rifle. This brings the total to: seven abortion providers to 30 million fetuses dead, which is also a pretty good estimate of how the political battle is going. The nation embarked on...
  • Polygamist cites ruling on sodomy

    12/02/2003 9:49:23 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 38 replies · 272+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, December 3, 2003 | By Joyce Howard Price
    <p>A Utah man with five wives is in court fighting to get his bigamy conviction overturned on the basis of the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling that decriminalized homosexual relations.</p> <p>The legal action by polygamist Tom Green in the Utah Supreme Court seems to confirm predictions of a Republican lawmaker and other social conservatives who warned that the high court's decision would open the door to attempts to legalize other sexual activities that historically have been outlawed by states, such as bigamy, polygamy, prostitution, adult incest and even bestiality.</p>
  • The Perverted State Of America

    11/25/2003 11:55:26 AM PST · by vladog · 90 replies · 792+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | 11/25/03 | Allan C. Stover
    Think back: How long ago would you have scoffed at the idea of two men getting married? Or the Supreme Court endorsing sodomy? Or "domestic partners" enjoying the same rights and benefits as married couples? Or network television featuring shows with gays and lesbians? Or companies such as Avis announcing, "Domestic partners are automatically included as additional drivers. No extra fees charged. No questions asked." Or even that you would take the term "sexual rights" seriously? It wasn't that long ago. The forces for perversion have subjected us to a propaganda campaign of such intensity that most Americans have surrendered...
  • 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...
  • "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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Thousands [Rally] Against Sodomy

    07/14/2003 7:07:39 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies · 235+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | July 14, 2003 | José R. Ortúzar
    (English-language translation) The intense rains did not damper the motivation of thousands of followers of the Coalition in Defense of Morality and the Family who met in front of the [Puerto Rico] Capitol since the early hours of yesterday morning to express their opposition to the repeal of the old Article 103 of the Penal Code, among other matters. Reverend Angel Marcial, President of the Pentecostal Fraternity (FRAPE), indicated that the main purpose of the rally was to repudiate the measures that are being taken in the Legislature with respect to the concept of the family. He stated that the...
  • Rights lobby kicks off election campaign -Age of consent lowering and much more (Sydney)

    12/20/2002 1:04:33 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 384+ views
    Rights lobby kicks off election campaign By Stacy Farrah The State’s political parties will be quizzed about their commitment to gay and lesbian rights in the lead-up to next year’s NSW state election. The election may still be months away, but the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby is already investigating which candidates will support four key areas of reform. Co-convenor Somali Ghosh said the Lobby would pressure parties to secure commitments to an equal age of consent for everyone, recognition of gay and lesbian parents and changes to the way the Anti-Discrimination Act allows churches and private schools to...
  • Australian State Lowers Age of Consent For Homosexual Sex

    05/29/2003 7:56:33 PM PDT · by Polycarp · 20 replies · 914+ views
    NEWS.com.au / LifeSiteNews.com ^ | May 29, 2003 | NEWS.com.au / LifeSiteNews.com
    Consent bill passes upper house By Jim Hanna May 27, 2003 THE age of consent for homosexual males in NSW is set to be lowered to 16 years, after a historic conscience vote in the State's Upper House tonight. At 9.24pm (AEST), the Legislative Council voted 23 to 16 to pass the bill and establish a uniform age of consent of 16 years in NSW, generating cheers and applause from a packed public gallery. Four Labor MLCs - Tony Burke, Tony Catanzariti, Tony Kelly and Eddie Obeid - voted against the bill, while two Labor MLCs - John Hatzistergos and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 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...
  • 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 Philly.com ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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>
  • Implications of ruling surpasses gay rights, analysts say

    06/28/2003 8:02:00 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 26 replies · 184+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 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>
  • 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.
  • 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."...
  • Religious Leaders on the Warpath

    06/27/2003 6:49:50 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 145+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | June 27, 2003 | Maricarmen Rivera Sánchez
    (English-language translation) Facing the United States Supreme Court's decision to strike down any law which prohibits sodomy between two consenting adults, religious groups [in Puerto Rico] have placed the fight against homosexuality on the same level as the battle they wage against abortion and against the death penalty. Angel Marcial, bishop of the Church of God Mission Board and president of the Puerto Rico Pentecostal Fraternity, said that the decision nullifies discussion of the issue from a legal standpoint, but not from a moral one. "For us, abortion is constitutionally acceptable, but it's immoral, just as the death penalty is,"...
  • A.P. intentionally misquotes Scalia

    06/26/2003 1:51:26 PM PDT · by Capt. Jake · 30 replies · 375+ views
    This is what the AP reports Justice Scalia as writing in dissent in the Texas sodomy case: "The court has taken sides in the culture war," Scalia said, adding that he has "nothing against homosexuals." Here is what he actually wrote: "Let me be clear that I have nothing against homosexuals, or any other group, promoting their agenda through normal democratic means."
  • U.S. Supreme Court rewrites Constitution and 3,000 years of history

    06/26/2003 8:28:58 AM PDT · by Polycarp · 252 replies · 796+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund | 6/26/03 | Richard K. Jefferson
    U.S. Supreme Court rewrites Constitution and 3,000 years of history WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today rewrote the U.S. Constitution and 3,000 years of legal history by striking down the Texas sodomy law in a 6-3 decision. The court overrode the Constitution, the history of American law, and its own precedent by declaring in Lawrence v. Texas that there is a right to privacy to protect private, adult consensual sexual activity. Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority, and only Justices Scalia and Thomas and Chief Justice Rhenquist dissented. The majority reasoned, unbelievably, that because of the trend in state...
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Sex [sic] Ban

    06/26/2003 8:57:35 AM PDT · by traditionalist · 56 replies · 551+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/26/2003 | ANNE GEARAN
    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. Laws forbidding homosexual sex, once universal, now are rare. Those on the books are rarely enforced but underpin other kinds of discrimination, lawyers for two Texas men had argued to the court. The men "are entitled to respect for their private lives," Kennedy wrote. "The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime," he said. Justices John Paul Stevens (news - web sites), David Souter (news -...
  • SCOTUS strikes down Texas sodomy ban

    06/26/2003 7:08:23 AM PDT · by Thane_Banquo · 1,733 replies · 3,191+ views
    SCOTUS sided with the perverts.
  • List of Rights Keeps Growing (Texas Sodomy Case)

    05/16/2003 7:05:21 PM PDT · by RAT Patrol · 83 replies · 279+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | April 30, 2003 | Al Knight
    Denver Post al knight List of rights keeps growing By Al Knight Denver Post Columnist Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to overrule one of its decisions made just 17 years ago. There are good reasons it should pass up the opportunity. The request, arising from a Texas sodomy case, undermines the notion of stare decisis - a Latin phrase that describes the policy of courts to avoid disturbing settled legal precedent. In the Bowers vs. Hardwick decision in 1986, the nation's highest court said, "The Constitution does not confer a fundamental right upon...
  • Anti-sodomy laws violate individual liberties

    05/11/2003 7:04:33 AM PDT · by RJCogburn · 471 replies · 737+ views
    The NH Sunday News ^ | 5/11/03 | Deroy Murdock
    IN AN April 30 essay titled "The Libertarian Question," my fellow National Review Online contributing editor Stanley Kurtz argues that laws against sodomy, adultery and incest should remain on the books largely to protect the institution of heterosexual marriage. By stigmatizing sexual relations outside that institution, Kurtz believes "the taboo on non-marital and non-reproductive sexuality helps to cement marital unions, and helps prevent acts of adultery that would tear those unions apart." Kurtz also states that keeping adult incest illegal will reduce the odds of sex between adults and their minor relatives. Anti-pedophilia laws, virtually everyone agrees, should be energetically...
  • What's At Stake In Santorum Controversy? Gay Sex Acts Should Be a Source of Shame, Not Pride!

    05/08/2003 3:45:58 PM PDT · by AveMaria · 10 replies · 203+ views
    May 8, 2002 | Ave Maria
    Pro-family groups and individuals such as the FRC and Paul Weyrich, have fired warning shots, over the decision by RNC chair, Racicot, to cozy up to gay activist groups. While I agree with the religious right on the need to preserve traditional family values, I have a somewhat different take on the whole "gay pride" movement. As a Christian, and as a long time campaigner for racial justice and racial equality, I believe that the gay rights movement would not be as powerful as it is today, if most conservative/traditionalist/Bible-believing Christians had taken a very strong and unambigious stand in...
  • Santorum Crisis Exposes Republican Weakness

    04/28/2003 2:25:50 PM PDT · by Remedy · 309 replies · 722+ views
    The Pro-Family Law Center ^ | 29-Apr-2003 | Scott Lively
    The Rick Santorum controversy has illuminated a serious problem in the Republican Party: its leaders seem woefully ill-prepared to defend the pro-family position on homosexuality. As an attorney who trains pro-family activists how to debate this issue, I would like to offer my fellow Republicans the following advice. First, don't dodge the issue in fear of political correctness or pro-"gay" media bias. Stand confidently upon the essential pro-family presuppositions that resonate with people of common sense: 1) normality is that which functions according to its design, 2) the heterosexual design of the human body and the natural family is self-evident,...
  • "We are all sodomites now: a case for sexual freedom" -- by Andrew Sullivan

    04/28/2003 7:10:48 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 204 replies · 1,954+ views
    New Republic via andrewsullivan.com ^ | March, '03 | Andrew Sullivan
    In September 1998, two men by the names of John Lawrence and Tyron Garner were having sex in their home in Houston, Texas. Without warning, police broke into Lawrence's home and found the two engaged in what Texas law calls sodomy. The police had been summoned by a neighbor who had complained about a man allegedly "going crazy" in Lawrence's house. Lawrence and Garner were arrested, held for 24 hours and subsequently fined $200 after pleading no contest to the charge of sexual deviation. The neighbor was subsequently convicted of filing a false police report. Lawrence and Garner then challenged...