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Supreme Court / Sodomy Laws / Reaction #731741

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 26, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Supreme Court: Pete Williams) The Supreme Court ruling, based on the Texas case in which two men challenged the law banning sex between members of the same sex, that the government cannot use moral grounds to make private sexual conduct illegal featured; details given about the impact on the issues of gay marriage and gays in the military; differing opinions from Justices Anthony Kennedy & Antonin Scalia quoted. [Lawyer for Texas men Paul SMITH†- says it’s a great day for all Americans.] [Gay rights advocate Ruth HARLOW†- says this is constitutional rights in our real lives.] [Family Research Council Peter SPRIGG†- says the court should not be responding to political activism by pro-homosexual activists.] Rumors that one or more justices may be retiring discussed.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Denver: Roger O’Neil) Conservatives’ concerns that the court, with this week’s rulings on the Texas sodomy laws and affirmative action, has been influenced by public opinion explored. [Talk show host Rush LIMBAUGH†- agrees with Scalia’s position on sexual conduct.] ["National Journal" columnist Stuart TAYLOR††- says the Supreme Court runs large areas of domestic policy that used to be determined by elected officials.] [MAN – comments.] [Business owner Terry LOFTIS‡- says the court is finally coming around to looking at the country as a whole.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) The Supreme Court ruling that the government cannot prosecute sex crimes that happened long ago if the statue of limitations has expired noted.

Reporter(s):
Williams, Brian;
Williams, Pete;
O’Neil, Roger
Duration:
00:06:10

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