Sodomy Ruling Mugs Morality, Constitution and Families
Dealer, July 13, 2003
1801 Superior Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44114
I laughed out
loud when I read the Supreme Court majority ruling on homosexual sex that
included the phrase, “Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes
freedom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct.” I’m
sure that’s exactly what the framers of the Bill of Rights intended to write
way back when—that last part about “intimate conduct” must’ve slipped
their mind. They sure managed to fit in all the rest.
now placed sexual behavior on the same sacred table as those other
“inalienable rights,” what about behaviors such as gambling, drug use,
prostitution or adultery? Are those behavioral “liberties” now also
presumed acceptable? What about consensual sex that we define as incest? If
the parties involved are of age and consenting, are laws prohibiting that
Antonin Scalia was right on the money when he stated that the culture war has
been brought to the Supreme Court. The law used to be derived from the morals
of the majority, not the agenda of the minority.
her July 2 letter to the editor, Mary K. Murray asks why anyone would
celebrate the legalization of “deviate sexual intercourse.” I think the
biggest reason is that gays feel we’re finally getting a fair shake.
too many cases that minimized the importance of our private romantic lives.
We’re seeing a growing recognition that our intimate relationships are as
personal and as central to our lives as any heterosexual’s.
respect and rights that the rest of America takes for granted is truly
something to celebrate.
Smith, Austin, Texas
Brazaitis continues to perpetuate the myth that homosexuality is due totally
to genetics when he says, “. . . the court caught up with the commonsense
wisdom of a majority of Americans who have come to recognize that
homosexuality is not a lifestyle choice, but a variant of birth that is as
natural as heterosexuality, though less common,” (“Conservatives have lost
fight against gays,” Forum, July 6).
This has been
debunked by the research done by J. Michael Bailey and Richard Pillard at
Northwestern University in 1991. These researchers located 56 sets of
identical twins. They found that if one twin was gay, only 52 percent of the
time the other twin was gay also. Identical genetics, but not a 100 percent
vs. nurture debate continues. Brazaitis made a false conclusion.
Opalko, Middleburg Heights
its support of the Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas law on sodomy,
The Plain Dealer lead editorial “Momentous reversal” added, “states
cannot legislate morality.” On the contrary, we legislate morality all the
against stealing. We legislate against murder. In fact, every just law imposes
a moral imperative to obey the law.
Justice Antonin Scalia’s vigorous dissent that the same reasoning could
abolish restraints on same-sex marriage, prostitution, adult incest and
bigamy, The Plain Dealer said it will be “interesting to see how far the
court will allow this new wave of personal freedom to wash over the shores of
a nation’s prejudices.” It will be more than “interesting.” It could
well be a disastrous affront to the cornerstone of American society: the
Plain Dealer really consider restraint on prostitution, adult incest, etc.,
G. Baugh, Wickliffe
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