Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Letter to my Senators on Senator Santorum's comments

Dear Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell,

I recently read an article in the Washington Post about Senator Santorum’s remarks regarding the Supreme Court case involving the Texas sodomy law and the right to privacy guaranteed by the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

I was very offended by his remarks. The Post quotes him as follows:

"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything," the Pennsylvania lawmaker said in a recent interview, fuming over a landmark gay rights case before the high court that pits a Texas sodomy law against equality and privacy rights.

"All of those things are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family," Santorum said. "And that's sort of where we are in today's world, unfortunately. It all comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn't exist, in my opinion, in the United States Constitution."

I know that the two of you are more aware of the fight that the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and many other Gay and Lesbian groups around the nation are waging to protect the civil rights of people who identify with alternative sexuality. Can you please pass on to Senator Santorum and Sen. Frist that to say that the right to privacy doesn’t exist is not the kind of statement I would expect to hear from someone on either side of the isle.

Chad Lupkes