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Deciding Which Step Should Be Our Last
08/21/2003

Step 1: Private, consensual sex between a husband and wife is off limits to policies based on public interest.

Step 2: Private, consensual sex between any man and woman is off limits to policies based on public interest.

Step 3: Private, consensual sex between any two adults of any gender is off limits to policies based on public interest.

Step 4: Private, consensual sex between any combination of adults is off limits to policies based on public interest.

Step 5: Private, consensual sex between children is off limits to policies based on public interest.

Step 6: Guess.

As a matter of law — as distinct from cultural pressure and opprobrium — I could go all the way to Step 4 (socially, not personally), although I would insist on increasing the mechanisms for the public, as individuals and as groups, to exercise personal pressure (e.g., through employment and renting). However, the manner in which Step 3 was taken (so as to obviate the need for any public debate about Step 4) leaves me little hope that we will not slip quickly into Step 5 and beyond.

God help us to push back on this self-destructive wave.

(via Mark Shea)

Posted by Justin Katz @ 03:08 PM EST