BakaMike wrote:I`m sorry if you have found my post to be pedantic or a little patronizing - especially if you are a lawyer!
Geez dude, before making such an arrogant claim, I would at least make sure my facts are correct before making myself look completely foolish.
BakaMike wrote:...with the implied question: Why do people say you are outdated? The reason is that your opinions are outdated and are not in-line with current thinking! And before you say that this is not true, pretty much all of the laws in America and the rest of the free world consider homosexual behavior to be legal (read: acceptable).
You have no idea what you are talking about. I don't know about "the rest of the free world," but I can tell you quite a bit about the state of the law in America.
In the overwhelming majority of states in America, sodomy is illegal. Some of these laws prohibit all sodomy and some of these laws prohibit same sex sodomy. I do not know of a state where sodomy is legal, but I would not be surprised if California had removed its sodomy laws. However, the FACT remains that sodomy is illegal in the vast majority of American states.
These sodomy laws cannot now be enforced by the states because of the US Supreme Court's decision last year in Lawrence v. Texas. However, in spite of your little lecture about how laws are made, the law in Lawrence v. Texas was made by only 6 out of the 9 justices of the Supreme Court.
Nothing about Lawrence changes the fact that on the statute books of the vast majority of US states, anti-sodomy laws remain and have NOT been removed by the state legislatures.
Finally, keep in mind that I am just telling you the state of the law. As I have written previously, I think that sodomy laws are stupid and that this behavior need not be illegal. But that does not mean that I think homosex is acceptable. I just don't think it should be illegal. And I don't believe your premise anyway. For example, smoking cigarettes is legal. But it is certainly not acceptable in most areas of public life.
Now let's look at some of the laws in the US that can be considered anti-homosexual:
1. Under federal law in the US, one cannot discriminate in employment and housing against people because of their race, sex, religion, national origin or because they are handicapped, and for some other reasons. However, people can discrimination against people in employment and housing due to their sexual orientation. The politically correct have been wanting to amend these federal laws for years to include sexual orientation. However, because this is not popular with Congress, it has not been done.
In the vast majority of states in the US, anti-discrimination laws follow federal law. Perhaps California and a few other states outlaw discrimination against homosexuals, but that is by far the minority rule.
2. Homosexuals are not allowed to serve in the military.
3. Homosexuals are not allowed to get married except for one state in the union. However, that law was created by a handful of judges on the Massachusetts Supreme Court and not the legislature of that state. I will further bet you that within the next few years Massachusetts will pass an amendment to their state constitution outlawing gay marriage.
4. In the overwhelming majority of states in the US, homosexuals are not allowed to adopt children.
So, before you give me a big lecture about the state of law in America and how the legislative process works, PLEASE get your facts straight.