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Should the state consider repealing a law that makes gay sex illegal?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
70% 794
No
 
27% 311
I don’t know
 
1% 21
Total 1126

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labmonkey 2 years, 11 months ago

All sex should be illegal unless Warren Jeffs gives us permission from his cell.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

What two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedroom is none of my business. Repeal the anti-gay laws. A politician not willing to stand up for equal rights for everyone will never get my vote. People who don't stand up for equal right will never get my respect.

Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 11 months ago

And what others do in their bedrooms is of course your business to monitor, govern and sanction, right?

kawrivercrow 2 years, 11 months ago

@ oletimer: You and I have a lot in common. I think that old people and fat people should also be put in jail for having sex. Granted, what they do in private doesn't hurt me one iota, but what's important is that old people and fat people, from my perspective, are inherently disgusting with their clothes off. Quite frankly, I really don't want them having any pleasure of any type, sexual or otherwise.

Given our common mentality, we can be buddies, right?

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Oletimer, you do know that repealing the law doesn't make gay sex mandatory, don't you? You still don't need to participate.

I'm sure there are things in your life I don't approve of. Should I be able to decide what you can be allowed to do legally?

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

The corpse isn't consenting, even if it is Bernie.

coderob 2 years, 11 months ago

Except the story continues with the man going for long walks in the park, eying handsome strangers and walking off together in the bushes.

Homosexuality is nothing new. It's been around longer than you have, and will be around long after.

Reuben Turner 2 years, 11 months ago

well i be.....why don't we put our energy and paper to fix some other problems. spend twice the time on keeping youths in school. spend some time on catching up w/ folks that are not paying child support. i'm just tired of this issue; really. why do people really care what adults are doing sexually w/ another consenting adult. at the end of the day let folks be and get in control of your own disfunctional household.

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

I would have to give an emphatic NO to the question. The state should NOT consider repealing the law that makes gay sex illegal.

What is there to consider? They should just ACT and repeal the antiquated law, without hesitation. No consideration is necessary.

Next!

ebyrdstarr 2 years, 11 months ago

Beat me to it, Bea. That was exactly what I was going to say.

jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

I suspect that's a law you'd never have to worry about breaking.

ljwhirled 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes they can. Sen. Craig of Idaho was able to pick them out easily.

chalice2 2 years, 11 months ago

Craig was just using the gaydar gay folks are born with.

rockchalker52 2 years, 11 months ago

Repeal it. It opens up the dating pool. Gotta start workin' the odds at this point.

Katara 2 years, 11 months ago

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beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes, there is a stiff penalty. You go blind.

Don Whiteley 2 years, 11 months ago

Just one question. How in the world can a society say gay sex and gay marriage is legal, but polygamy is not? EXACTLY, the same set of principles apply in both cases.

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Huh? Right now a woman is allowed to marry a man. What is stopping her from then marrying three husbands (other than common sense, of course)?

Whether it is a man and a woman, a man and a man or a woman and a woman, it would still mean TWO people.

jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

But, the reason a man and woman are allowed to marry is that it's based on some sort of religious and cultural norms.

Once we question those, there's no reason to stop at questioning whether gay men and lesbians should be allowed to marry or not.

Why not question whether marriage has to be between two people?

If the issue is what consenting adults do, then if consenting adults want to engage in polygamy or various kinds, or group marriages, why should we forbid that?

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

The "coupling" is the cultural norm. Not "tripling" or "quadrupling." The couple just happens to be heterosexual in practice. Nobody is questioning the rights of a couple to be together, only how we define who can make a couple. (I leave out religion, because some widely practiced religions do allow for polygamy. Or did.)

The multiple partners question is a strawman argument.

jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

That's just one way to look at it.

"Coupling" between a man and a woman is the norm. If you only want to question the gender of the couple, that's ok.

But, once we start questioning norms, I see no reason to stop there.

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Coupling between a man and a woman is the norm only in that there are more heterosexuals than homosexuals. It is, in a frequently used analogy, like calling left-handed folks abnormal for going against the norm of right-handed individuals who are the majority. We don't base our laws only on what the majority do. In fact, laws are frequently based on protecting the minority.

We make a regular habit of questioning norms. Happens all the time. Women wearing pants used to be against the law. Same with miscegenation. Heck, lots of things that are normal today used to be outside of the norm. Questioning the norm is part of what we do and who we are as people.

Some day, gay marriage will be a norm.

jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

Ok.

My point is, why stop questioning at the gender?

Today, perhaps coupling is the norm, and in the future, who knows, perhaps it will not be any longer.

Remember Wiki? Only about 180 societies out of over 2,000 were monogamous.

jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree.

That's what I've been saying all along.

Lane Signal 2 years, 11 months ago

I feel like the key to repealing this law is understanding it. What was the motivation of those who passed it? Why does anyone want to keep it on the books? It's difficult to understand why anyone would care to make this a law. Is it that many conservative law makers are conflicted closet homosexuals? There does seem to be some evidence of this, at least on the national level. Do they fear that family and friends they know and love will come out if there is not a stigma around the practice? I'm having trouble understanding the REAL reasons for the law (both historically and today), but I think that is the key to repealing it. I don't think we are going to get a straight answer from the laws supporters. I doubt they really understand why they support it.

Lane Signal 2 years, 11 months ago

I should clarify. "It's difficult to understand why anyone would care to make this a law." was not what I meant. I meant, that it's difficult to understand why anyone would be passionate about keeping this law on the books. I can understand why it is important that it be repealed.

coderob 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes, because we need at least some form of birth control to be legal.

rockchalker52 2 years, 11 months ago

I've coupled & I've whistled, Except for a couple of times, I've not whistled whilst I coupled. The couple next door whistles constantly.

whats_going_on 2 years, 11 months ago

exactly...whoever "tattled" on the people (assuming the sex was in their home) would be considered a peeping tom anyway, and I'm pretty sure thats illegal?

coderob 2 years, 11 months ago

It legally can't be enforced as it is now due to a Supreme Court ruling, but could gets used in some locales as a threat by homophobic authorities to drive gay people out of town, and could be enforced again should the decision ever be overturned.

The way the law came to be enforced in Texas was that police responded to a weapons call, and walked in on two men having sex in their own home. Seeking control of the situation, the police arrested the men having sex, who had to pay a fine before their case ended up in front of the Supreme Court.

So potential opportunities for enforcement were rare even before the Supreme Court decision, and only happened because a jealous former lover called to make a false report. Were this decision ever to be reversed, homophobes throughout Kansas could start calling up the police just to harass their gay neighbors.

whats_going_on 2 years, 11 months ago

This is seriously a ridiculous question...almost as bad as "what should we ask for our question of the day?" you had a few months back.

pace 2 years, 11 months ago

We need to be careful, the extremely radical right goes too far. If we ask them to make gay sex legal, they might go overboard and make it mandatory.

bd 2 years, 11 months ago

Not in Kansas! Never will!

Tea anyone???

beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Actually, someone should try to force the state to enforce the law.

A gay couple should go into a police station and each demand the other be arrested for ... you know ... stuff they did with each other. The couple could then either sue the police for not enforcing the laws or they could sue the state for violating their constitutional rights. Demand payment or the repeal of the law. Either way, it is a win - win.

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