James Carville once called Pennsylvania “Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between.”
Sure, Al Gore narrowly won Pennsylvania in 2000, but don’t be misled. Aside from the metropolitan areas, this is Bush Country, with wide swaths of red counties lapping up against the blue beacheads of its two major cities.
“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”
First of all, since when is adultery against the law? Sure, a spouse may have legal grounds for divorce if you’ve broken the marriage contract, but screwing your wife’s best friend is not criminal behavior.
Ditto for incest. I won’t even waste time stating the obligatory “I wouldn’t do it, but…” It is not a crime when commited by consenting adults. And if they ain’t adults, it’s child abuse, plain and simple.
These redneck states’ sodomy laws are an infuriating infringement on citizens’ rights. If I have to explain why, then our educational system (and, indeed, common sense) has surely failed us all. It stands to reason that, in a free society, a government ought not to criminalize victimless actions such as these.
If you think these laws ought to remain in place, or that they’re defensible in any way, please, please post a comment or IM me. I want to know who the stupid people are.