Activists hoping to redefine American culture in Lawrence v. Texas

3/25/2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An important case to be argued before the United States Supreme Court Wednesday, March 26, Lawrence v. Texas, is an attempt by the plaintiffs to create a constitutional right to "sodomy."

Lawrence v. Texas is a direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s 1986 decision in Bowers v. HardwickBowers said that individuals do not have a federal constitutional right to practice homosexual sex, known as sodomy.

Plaintiff’s arguments have serious problems, explained Jordan Lorence, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a national legal organization based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  "They are asking the court to convert itself into a national legislature and to determine state policy regarding marriage, family, and sexual conduct outside of marriage.  They are asking the court to judge a case that has no court record on which to rule.  The plaintiffs are asking the court to suddenly declare as unconstitutional certain laws which have existed in unbroken succession since before the founding of the country."

The ultimate goal of this case is not simply to end sodomy laws, Lorence explained. "Advocates of homosexual behavior would like to use a win in this case to advance their ambitious agenda.  They want a court win to change the definition of marriage, because the real goal is to legalize same-sex ‘marriage.’  They want a win that will lift restrictions on homosexual conduct in the military, to legalize adoption by same sex couples, and to restrict free speech rights of individuals who have faith-based objections to endorsing, funding, or supporting homosexual behavior," Lorence said.

Many homosexual activists believe Lawrence v. Texas is a keystone to their long-term plans to redefine American culture. Typical are the comments of Annise Parker, reportedly an openly homosexual member of the Houston City Council:  "It's one more battle, one more step … I think there will be a huge celebration if we win it."

Another reason for supporting sodomy laws is the elevated health risks from the behavior.  Same-sex sodomy causes far more disease than opposite-sex sodomy. For documentation see the legal brief here.

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