And hurray for the Supreme Court.
According to the New York Times (subscription required), the crotchety ones have briefly emerged from the 1950s to strike down, by a 6-to-3 margin, anti-sodomy laws across the country. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy argued that gay people “are entitled to respect for their private lives,” and that “the state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime.”
Now, here’s a sentence you’d never have expected to see attached to this story: “Joining Justice Scalia’s dissent were Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justice Clarence Thomas.” Boy, I just never saw that one coming.
Scalia is, however, always good for a chuckle; taking the unusual step of reading his dissent from the bench, he made a point of noting that “the court has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda,” before adding that he has nothing personal against homosexuals.
Now, I hadn’t realized that those homosexual types had an actual agenda, but I figure any agenda that keeps Scalia, Rehnquist, and Thomas out of my bedroom is okay by me. Where do I sign up?