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Supremes try Sodomy

2003-03-27 23:31:55.88776+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

The Texas sodomy law is being tried at the Supreme Court. This Scalia guy is wacked scary:

"It's conceded by the state of Texas that married couples can't be regulated in their private sexual decisions," says Smith. To which Scalia rejoins, "They may have conceded it, but I haven't."


Breyer notes that during World War I people also thought it "immoral" to "teach German in schools. ... Immoral is a hard line to draw."

"There is a rational basis," insists Rosenthal.

"You're not giving us a rational basis," snaps Breyer.

"The rational basis," says Scalia, "is that the state thinks it's immoral. Like bigamy or adultery."

"Or teaching German," grins Breyer.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2003-03-28 01:35:50.609127+00 by: td

Fix the link, Dan.

#Comment made: 2003-03-28 05:54:31.296774+00 by: Charlene Marie

Whoops. Sorry. Fixed: http://slate.msn.com/id/2080746/

#Comment made: 2003-03-28 16:07:14.777491+00 by: Dan Lyke

Damn. Okay, now really fixed.

#Comment made: 2003-03-28 17:01:14.67459+00 by: Dan Lyke

And E.J. Graff does a more in-depth review of the arguments.

#Comment made: 2003-03-29 18:41:54.418309+00 by: Dan Lyke

As usual, Utopia With Cheese has some great explorations of this.