A Yea For Gays

The Supreme Court scraps sodomy laws, setting off a hot debate

It's not often you hear Supreme Court Justices treat their brethren with such scorn, or trash a recent decision as being dead wrong--or see lawyers weep as a ruling is read. But Thursday was an emotional day inside and outside the court, as preachers prayed and scholars marveled and gay-rights activists struggled to find the right words, since they were more used to slamming the court than saluting it.

Only 17 years ago, the court upheld Georgia's sodomy law in Bowers v. Hardwick; but last week the court dumped its own precedent, voting 6 to 3 to throw out a...

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