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  •  I was in high school. (8+ / 0-)

    You have to picture this, because it really is as funny as it sounds: I was in a high school in a small conservative town in south Alabama. I happened to be in my senior year and we had to take a Government class that year.

    So, I had this crazy libertarian teacher I disagreed with on most issues (he kept calling April 15th Government Theft Day, etc.) but I would always argue with him in class. In fact it was the only class in which I participated. Anyway, so, we had a class discussion about sodomy and the virtues of it and whether people should have it or not and whether it should be legal or not.

    My teacher pretty much held the position that if he wanted to have "anal sex" (his words) with his wife that's his business and the government should not say anything. Therefore he said sodomy bans (even when used against gays) are unconstitutional.

    Then he got complaints from parents.

    "I will never compromise on my commitment to equal rights for all LGBT Americans." - President Obama, 2/28/08

    by indiemcemopants on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 01:42:12 PM PDT

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    •  Hahaha. (3+ / 0-)
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      Oh my.  Awesome for a high school teacher, though I can totally imagine the complaints.

      I cannot imagine any of my high school teachers mentioning it.  It was, however, how we opened my criminal law class in law school.

      One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

      by AUBoy2007 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 01:51:32 PM PDT

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    •  I was already an adult, living in DC (4+ / 0-)

      At the time, DC's local government kept repealing its sodomy law and Congress kept reinstating it. The only opening left to local authorities was to absolutely refuse to prosecute anyone for sodomy.

      I moved to California shortly after Bowers was handed down. Not because of the decision or because CA had already gotten rid of its sodomy laws, but it certainly helped.

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