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Supreme Court rules on privacy, not gay rights

June 27, 2003

Albany- Celebrations are happening all over the nation. Gay rights activists are cheering the Supreme Court sodomy decision.

"It's very relieving that the Supreme Court justices can move to our times and see that the generations coming up are changing," says Leslie Walls.

Georgia reversed it sodomy laws back in 1998 a decision Leslie Walls is proud of. Still she remembers how it felt to be part of the gay community before Thursday's ruling.

"I thought that it was really demeaning for everyone for that kind of invasion of privacy to be committed on two people that were just supporting their bond with eachother," explains Walls.

Attorney James Finkelstein says its that invasion of privacy and not gay rights that actually determined the Supreme Court ruling.

"In terms of the right to privacy this is a huge decision. This is not really a gay rights decision, that's the vehicle that brought this case to the court, but this is a decision that says the government does not have the right to be intruding in your private lives, so that's huge," says Finkelstein.

In fact, he says it will open the door to all kinds of privacy cases including email and wire tapping.

But Bummi Anderson is a former lesbian, turned preacher and she's afraid the ruling will have negative affects.

"I think its going to open up a floodgate for adultery, high aids rate, but my feeling have changed based upon my relationship with God," she explains.

Whatever the case, the Supreme Court has spoken and the results of that ruling remain to be seen.

Thursdays ruling will affect 13 states that still had sodomy laws on the books. Finkelstein says sodomy laws between consenting adults are almost never enforced.

Posted at 5:40 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com