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Texas Prosecutor Says Court Should Have Let Texas Decide

Associated Press, June 26, 2003

A Texas prosecutor says he’s disappointed that the Supreme Court didn’t allow the people of Texas to determine the “moral standards of governance” for their state.

Charles Rosenthal, the Houston D-A, had argued before the Supreme Court in favor of a state law against homosexual sex. The court, by a six-to-three vote, struck down that law today.

The state had defended the law as in keeping with the state’s interest in protecting marriage and child-rearing.

And in his dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia warned that today’s ruling could threaten state laws that limit marriage to opposite-sex couples.

But a gay rights advocate at the American Civil Liberties union says the court is simply saying that gay people have the same rights as everyone else to choose intimate personal relationships. Matt Coles calls the ruling “the most important gay rights case ever.”

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