Sunday, July 06, 2003

Still more of the local view on the Supreme Court's sodomy ruling

The Roanoke Times has this article which questions whether the Supreme Court's ruling in the Lawrence case provides a basis for pardoning Virginians who were convicted of private, consensual sodomy.

From last month, the Kingsport Times-News had this editorial blasting the Supreme Court's Lawrence decision, concluding that it "not only subverts the democratic process, it makes a mockery of the moral standards of the overwhelming majority of Americans," while the Roanoke Times had this editorial concluding that "citizens should be relieved that even though their own General Assembly refused to act, the Supreme Court has overturned a law that fostered government meddling in Americans' private lives." (Just in case you wanted a measure of the difference between the two papers.)

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