(AP) - The Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay sex Thursday, ruling that the law was an unconstitutional violation of privacy. The 6-3 ruling reverses course from a ruling 17 years ago that states could punish homosexuals for what such laws historically called deviant sex. Laws forbidding homosexual sex, once universal, now are rare. Those on the books are rarely enforced but underpin other kinds of discrimination, lawyers for two Texas men had argued to the court.
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I am personally rather annoyed by this for a couple of reasons.
1. Law enforcement officers are not beating down the doors of gay men and arresting them in the middle of having anal sex nor are they walking up to them in public and saying "hey .. you're gay so you must be guilty of sodomy!"
2. Abolishing sodomy laws is actually detrimental to woman (and men) whose partners forcibly sodomize them and it is detrimental to rape victims who are sodomized. It sort of says that these people and their rights don't matter as long as the gay community is happy which is not cool, IMO.
A few years ago, one of my cousins was brutally raped by three men who did countless unspeakable sexual acts to her in addition to knocking out all her teeth and crushing all the bones in her face so that she had to have reconstructive plastic surgery not to mention counseling. They weren't able to convict them of rape or abduction for whatever reason so they finally were able to convict them on sodomy charges.
So, it makes me sick to think that these creeps would have gone completely unpunished if not for the sodomy laws that are now being repealed.
I don't think consentual sodomy should be a crime but I do think it should definitely still be a crime to do it to someone who doesn't want it done to them. It seems lawmakers --and others-- have blurred it into being called "gay sex" when that is not always the case and therefore, banning laws related to it violates the rights of others who are also affected by it.