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Saturday, May 24, 2003
 
EXTRA EXTRA!! Ramki Defends Santorum!!! EXTRA EXTRA!!

Shouting Down Santorum?

The recent discussion on the usage of racial epithets, such as "Black", makes me post something that has been disturbing me for a few days now.

Sometimes, I have noticed that liberals run too far with arguments on being politically correct. Take for example the statement of Sen.Santorum recently (I know I made more than one person jerk here!)

While sure, I consider him and his ilk irrational, unreasonable, and worse still, unconscionable, the particular statement that everybody highlighted, that which question how one could differentiate between homosexuality and bigamy, polygamy bestiality and incest, was a patently wrong one to take offence at.

He is decidedly on a weak wicket with the first three:
* Bigamy or Polygamy are a question of marriage - not mere acts of having sex. I do not know abt Santorum, but I think much more of a marriage than as a mere license for having sex.
* Bestiality could not possibly be construed as consensual sex.

But consensual incest is definitely a trouble spot. How do u explain why that is legally wrong while saying sodomy is not?

This specific question was asked by Justice Powell during the Hardwick case and got no satisfying answer. The case ended with the Supreme Court upholding the Georgia Sodomy Law, the biggest blow till date from the Supremes to gay rights issue. Justice Powell ended up giving the 5th winning vote for the majority in that case.

To raise a hue and cry abt that remark, so many times asked in the past, with no answer ever given, could genuinely be seen, at least by people not inclined to support gay rights, as an attempt to shout down the question.

Again, this is certainly not an exculpation of Santorum. As a Senator, he is supposed to take a more pragmatic look at the issue than the Book-bound Supreme Court Justices, which he clearly has not. Not only that, the other part of his interview makes it clear that he is not troubled so much by the law aspects of it but by the historical and religious rejection of Sodomy... again, an equation of a relationship with the act of having sex.




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