The Law: A Puritanical Government

When it comes to sex, the U.S. Government can be as prim as a Victorian maiden aunt. About one-fifth of all federal civil service employees who have been dismissed for misconduct in recent years have been fired because the Government found they had engaged in conduct that was "notorious, scandalous and subject to public censure." Now that policy is under heavy attack on a variety of constitutional and statutory grounds.

Five years ago, the FBI fired a bachelor clerk named Thomas Carter for admittedly sharing his bed with a girl he had known and...

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