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NCSF Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Texas Sodomy Law

WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 26, 2003 -- The National Coalition for Sexual
Freedom applauds the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the Texas
sodomy law. The justices voted 6-3 to overturn their 1986 decision on
Bowers v Hardwick (GA), stating that the sodomy law is an
unconstitutional invasion of privacy and that by singling out gay
people, it violates the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection
under the law.

NCSF believes, as the court held today, that state sodomy laws violate
the fundamental privacy rights of adults in the U.S. These intrusive
sodomy laws regulate the right of consenting adults to engage in
sexual activities such as oral and anal sex as well as playing with
sex toys in their bedroom or in private venues such as swing clubs or
SM playspaces. Our core constituencies require the right to privacy
and equal protection in order to be free of discrimination, and
because consenting adults have the fundamental right to express their
private sexuality without government interference.

"The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by
making their private sexual conduct a crime," Justice Kennedy wrote,
according to a report from The Associated Press.

Of the 13 states with sodomy laws, four -- Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and
Missouri -- prohibit oral and anal sex between same-sex couples. The
other nine ban consensual sodomy for everyone: Alabama, Florida,
Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah
and Virginia. Thursday's ruling apparently invalidates those laws as
well.

"This ruling is a major victory for us all," stated Eden Sarfaty,
Executive Director of NCSF. "State sodomy laws, which generally define
the act of sodomy as "deviant" sex, have been on the books of every
state as recently as 1960. Such laws have a significant impact on
society in general by attempting to legislate morality. The U.S.
Supreme Court has sent a strong message today that government has no
right to intrude into our private sexual lives."

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A project of NCSF and the NCSF Foundation

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is a national
organization committed to altering the political, legal, and social
environment in the U.S. in order to guarantee equal rights for
consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression.
NCSF is primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults in the
SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, who often face
discrimination because of their sexual expression.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
822 Guilford Avenue, Box 127
Baltimore, MD 21202-3707
410-539-4824
media@ncsfreedom.org
www.ncsfreedom.org

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