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Lady of the lake, version #938

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blow Job


Apparently there are a few folks on the right hand side of the aisle who are intent on criminalizing what you do in your bedroom. Doesn't matter if you are married, if you are having sex with a man or a woman, a few acts are o-u-t out.

Read this Mother Jones article on Virginia Attorney General and smasher of sodomites, Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Gov. Candidate Cuccinelli Defending Law That Forbids Oral Sex. Make sure that you check out the comments, they are priceless. What is that gesture you are making, Ken?
Last month, three judges on the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit deemed a Virginia anti-sodomy law unconstitutional. The provision, part of the state's "Crimes Against Nature" law, has been moot since the 2003 US Supreme Court decision overruled state laws barring consensual gay sex, but Virginia has kept the prohibition on the books.
Now Virginia attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is asking the full 4th Circuit to reconsider the case. Cuccinelli wants the court to revive the prohibition on consensual anal and oral sex, for both gay and straight people. (The case at hand involves consensual, heterosexual oral sex, but, as the New York Times explained in 2011, it's "icky": The sex was between a 47-year-old man and two teenagers above Virginia's age of consent.)
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Great headline in the Weekly Standard. Of course, the judge said nothing of the kind.


I was reading a right wing website last night that was discussing the judges decision and made the case that contraception and sex should be activities engaged in solely by married heterosexual couples, presumably in one of the agreed upon positions. Will try to find the link.

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And who can forget this one, the law won't protect unmarried victims in rape?

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Unmarried and living together in Florida. Go to jail.

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A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as crimes. The precise sexual acts meant by the term sodomy are rarely spelled out in the law, but are typically understood by courts to include any sexual act deemed to be "unnatural" or immoral.

Georgia got rid of its long standing sodomy law in 2003. Cohabitation is currently illegal in three states (Mississippi, Florida and Michigan).

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Martin v. Ziherl, 607 S.E.2d 367 (Va. 2005), was a decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia holding that the Virginia criminal law against fornication was unconstitutional. The court's decision followed the 2003 ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas, which established the constitutionally-protected right of adults to engage in private, consensual sex.


3 comments:

Sanoguy said...

It seems like the far right does not want any governmental involvement in people's lives except in their sex lives!

Cowgirlterry said...

Perhaps we need greater government involvement in our lives when it comes to sex. It might motivate them to do something

mike reardon said...

Now, Cowgirlterry, just what are you proposing in the way of governmental involvement in our sex lives???