Kansas

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I’ve heard about this case before. Under Kansas law, an 18 year-old man received 17 years in prison for having gay sex with an 14 year-old teenager. If the teenager had been female he would have only received one year. The suprising part is not that the legislature of a conservative state passed such a homophobic law, but that judges have agreed with them.

WTF?

Need I remind these people of Amendment XIV, section 1 of the US constitution?

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The state of Kansas is defending its law by claiming that they have a rational reason for it: “promoting traditional values.” The only problem with this position is that punishing homosexual intercourse is not a traditional value. Only in recent decades have such laws become popular in America, in response to the openly gay movement. This was one of the standard critcisms applied to the Bowers v. Hardwick decision by legal scholars.

If the state of Kansas really was interested in promoting traditional values they’d be punishing hetrosexual couples who fornicate more than homosexual couples.

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