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A right to privacy - or just expectation of it?

Regarding your June 27 article "Big boost for privacy rights": The precedent set by the Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas is long overdue, and despite the hysterical cry of conservative judges and politicians such as Justice Scalia, it protects all of us, gay and straight alike. As Justice O'Connor pointed out, the law failed to offer homosexual couples the same rights and protection that it offered heterosexual couples. The most disturbing part of such cases is the physical intrusion into the bedroom. Privacy and individual rights are rapidly eroding in this country, especially in this post-9/11 age. We should fight hard to keep our individual rights and know that those rights, if exercised in right relation to the community, will make us a strong and durable country.

We should look to the issues that may be the cause of the high divorce rate and child abuse and try to ameliorate those, rather than scapegoat a whole group of citizens.
Barbara Mulrine
Tampa, Fla.

The Supreme Court's recent sodomy decision is fatally flawed on two counts. First, it relies on a so-called constitutional right to privacy. There is, however, no right to privacy explicitly mentioned in the Constitution. In fact, all we really have is an expectation of privacy that means little in practice. Such things as the sexual abuse of children, domestic cruelty, and heroin/cocaine use usually occur in private, but that doesn't and shouldn't stop us from making them illegal. Privacy per se is an extremely flimsy defense. (The fact that the court's Roe v. Wade decision also significantly relied on the privacy argument helps explain why that decision was and still is so controversial, and why it will probably be overturned someday.)

Second, the decision also relies on the seriously flawed "consenting adults" argument. But just because two consenting adults agree to do something doesn't make it right.

The court's decision is so weak that it's just a matter of time before wiser heads prevail and a future Supreme Court overturns this embarrassment.
Wayne Lela
Woodridge, Ill.

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