Knocking on the Bedroom Door

The high court hands a defeat to homosexuals--and privacy rights

The opinions were occasionally sarcastic as well as blunt. But then, the issue was one that arouses intense emotion among legions of Americans. The basic questions: May a state define some types of activity widely practiced by homosexuals as a crime? Or do the antisodomy laws of 24 states violate the constitutionally protected right to privacy that the court has been expanding in decisions stretching back more than 60 years?

To the dismay of gay-rights activists and many civil libertarians--and to the delight of religious Fundamentalists and other antigays--the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 last week that a state may...

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