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Saturday, October 22, 2005

rainbow victory in a red state

As Judy Garland fans in the midwestern state might say, We're not in Kansas anymore. Well, we still are--but it's a less discriminatory Kansas.

Yesterday the state's Supreme Court corrected an asymmetry in its "Romeo and Juliet" statute that gave lighter sentences to older teenagers convicted of having sex with younger teenagers if the two partners were of different sexes. (Read about it here.) Prior to the Supreme Court's ruling, defendant Matthew Limon, convicted of same-sex activity, faced a sentence 16 years longer than the maximum penalty allowed under the Shakespearean statute.
(more in expanded post)

Among the encouraging elements in this victory:
The Court declared that "the moral disapproval of a group cannot be a legitimate state interest." It rejected the argument that homosexual sex is inherently more closely associated with the spread of STDs than heterosexual sex. And in denouncing certain arguments for discrimination that have held some sway in the past, the defendant's lawyer displayed the confident dismissiveness that Golis trumpeted in the Mansfield audience this week, calling the claims "patently ridiculous." And all this in Kansas?!

It's only a matter of time before same-sex partnerships are legally recognized everywhere; I think eventually they'll even be called marriages. In the queer movement, transgender, transsexual , and gender identity issues are the wave of the future. Get ready to expand your minds, everyone. That means you too, Harvey.


At 2:55 PM, Blogger Andrew Seal said...

Hey, I don't normally stump for my blog this shamelessly, but I find that you're covering many of the same topics I am.

I'm a Dartmouth student, liberal, concerned citizen, yadda yadda yadda. I ran into your blog through the post on Harvey Mansfield--he just spoke at Dartmouth and I was checking up on who the bozo actually was. Anyway, just wanted to alert you to the presence of another liberal Ivy League blog. Check it out if you get a chance.

O, and my blog's at


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