Letter: Abolishing Sodomy Law Will Further Erode Family
December 14, 1998
17 W. 12th St., Columbus, GA 31902
A Dec. 6 column contained a rather naive glossing over of the seriousness of the
Georgia Supreme Court's abolition of this state's anti-sodomy law.
Homosexual activists have consistently attacked and struck down anti-sodomy laws in
state after state. Now only 14 states have such a law -- once all states had it. Their
strategy is to call it "discriminatory" and a violation of the right to privacy.
There is no record of this law ever being used in Georgia, or the entire U.S., to
prosecute consenting adults, married or otherwise, having sex in private. It is not a
proscriptive sex law; it is not an anti-gay law; it is not an anti-adultery law. It
certainly is not a sex police law. Instead, anti-sodomy laws are sentinels to safeguard
the family from many encroachments against it.
The anti-sodomy law stood against:
1. The introduction of homosexual curricula into the elementary and secondary school
classrooms. Without this law, we will see gay activist lawyers demanding that homosexual
practices be taught in state-supported schools as acceptable forms of sexual behavior.
2. The multiplication of sex shops and semi-public sex practices in such places as
massage parlors, bathhouses, bars and the like.
3. Allowing open homosexuals to have full marital status, including the right to adopt
and normalize gay and lesbian practices in their childhood education.
These are some, not all, of the serious issues involved. Legalizing sodomy in Georgia
has, in effect, normalized it, and will, in fact, encourage it -- not in the private
bedrooms of consenting adult couples, but in these and other public situations. The
striking down of this law will lead inevitably to the erosion of the traditional family,
the bedrock of society as we know it in America.
-- Ronald E. Cottle, Columbus
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