Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ain't nobody's business if they do

The Canadian Supreme Court rendered an decision in a favor of the owner of a private swingers club, ruling that the private acts of consenting adults behind a code-locked door, was not a threat to society.

The judges said that just because most Canadians might disapprove of swingers’ clubs, this did not necessarily mean the establishments were socially dangerous.

Consensual conduct behind code-locked doors can hardly be supposed to jeopardize a society as vigorous and tolerant as Canadian society," said the opinion of the seven-to-two majority, written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

"The causal link between images of sexuality and anti-social behavior cannot be assumed. Attitudes in themselves are not crimes, however deviant they may be or disgusting they may appear," the judges said, noting that no one had been pressured to have sex or had paid for sex in the cases the court considered.

"The autonomy and liberty of members of the public was not affected by unwanted confrontation with the sexual activity in question ... only those already disposed to this sort of sexual activity were allowed to participate and watch," they said.
In other words the government should stay out of the lives of consenting adults. If only our own government would embrace that reasoning.
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2 Comments:

Blogger thehim said...

Here in Seattle, they're almost on the verge of making it impossible for a strip club to operate within city limits, yet we're also moving closer to marijuana decriminalization. It's a strange dynamic here I can't figure out.

1:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Americans are so very strange.

It's probably a good sign that they're more afraid of sex than they are of marijuana.

9:31:00 AM  

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