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Friday, October 21, 2005

Can't punish more if it's gay

Court Rules Kan. Can't Single Out Gay Sex:

Kansas cannot punish illegal underage sex more severely if it involves homosexual conduct, the state's highest court ruled unanimously Friday in a case watched by national groups on both sides of the gay rights debate.

The Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling that a law that specified such harsher treatment and led to a 17-year prison sentence for an 18-year-old defendant "suggests animus toward teenagers who engage in homosexual sex."

"Moral disapproval of a group cannot be a legitimate state interest," said Justice Marla Luckert, writing for the high court.

Not that I'm not glad with the ruling - I am. But this is another thing that seems obvious to me: of course you shouldn't punish more if it's gay!

But then I may be biased. (I say with a smile...)

It's like that legislation attempt to make prohibit gays, lesbians and single people from using medical science to have children. Sure, that one eventually got beat down, but how in the world did it get as far as it did?

Bah. That's what I say: bah.


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