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Repealing Sodomy Laws Undercuts Marriage, Observers Say

Focus on the Family, July 9, 2001

By Dave Clark, correspondent

SUMMARY: Goodbye sodomy laws, hello legalized immorality.

In 33 states, critics have achieved repeal of a law they say is "archaic" and out of step with modern-day mores. It is the law against sodomy.

Arizona is the latest state to repeal its sodomy laws. There, as elsewhere, lawmakers are deciding government has no compelling interest in the lives of consenting adults.

"It’s funny that they’re called archaic, but all they do is establish the principle that marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation and the bedrock of our society," according to Len Munsil, with the Center for Arizona Policy.

Munsil said the abdication of traditional values by lawmakers is creating confusion, especially among impressionable kids.

"(The new ethic says) all forms of sexual behavior are equal and marriage no longer holds the special place it always has in American society."

The message has found its way into school videos like one called "That’s a Family." Here is an excerpt: "Sometimes it’s hard to tell other people that our two mothers are lesbians because, sometimes, they don’t understand."

Said Munsil: "The entire push has come from the homosexual community."

Arizona state Sen. Dean Martin said the impact of removing preference for traditional family from public policy punishes married couples. For instance, the Internal Revenue Service allows tax deductions for cohabiting dependents in tolerant states.

"At the same time, we’re failing to provide relief for people who are married, who are incurring the marriage tax penalty because we can’t afford that type of relief," Martin said.

State Rep. Laura Knaperak said Arizona’s governor signed the sodomy repeal bill without counting the moral and financial costs.

"Basically, we are going to slide to a civilization that no longer has any power or influence on anything that is good or moral," she said.

Of the 17 states with sodomy laws on the books, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas restrict their application to homosexuals. Many agree the laws are not enforceable but should remain in the statutes to uphold the ideals of intimacy within traditional marriage.

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