Friday, December 22, 2006

ON LIBERTY I don't suppose that the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment had the legal status of consensual sex between minors in mind when they circulated the text for ratification.

But the dismaying case of Genarlow Wilson is a strong argument for extending the consitutional protection of privacy to some relationships between minors.

To put it another way: If a constitutional right to privacy (which the Supreme Court says exists) is to mean anything, it's got to mean that seventeen-year-olds can have consensual sex with fifteen-year-olds without being hauled off to jail.

Wilson's legal defense fund can be found here.

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