Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Yes, Fly, that is the sound of a seal breaking (Update)

The ACLU is arguing that it is legal to look for love in all the wrong places.

In an effort to help Sen. Larry Craig, the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that people who have sex in public bathrooms have an expectation of privacy.

Craig, of Idaho, is asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to let him withdraw his guilty plea to disorderly conduct stemming from a bathroom sex sting at the Minneapolis airport.

The ACLU filed a brief Tuesday supporting Craig. It cited a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling 38 years ago that found that people who have sex in closed stalls in public restrooms "have a reasonable expectation of privacy."

It gets better:
The ACLU argued that even if Craig was inviting the officer to have sex, his actions wouldn't be illegal.

"The government cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Senator Craig was inviting the undercover officer to engage in anything other than sexual intimacy that would not have called attention to itself in a closed stall in the public restroom," the ACLU wrote in its brief.

"Would not have called attention to itself"? Whoever wrote this brief needs to get out more. I'm not going to get specific, but you can tell if two guys are in the same stall. And making noises.

You dads out there. Will you ever let your young son go into a public restroom alone?

Update: Per the ACLU meeting friends in the men's room is okay, but a mayor asking pastors to pray for his city is another matter.
The mayor, city commissioners and other public officials had lunch Monday at First Baptist Church of Plant City with about 30 local ministers. Plant City Mayor Rick Lott delivered a religion-based keynote address and distributed a list of 10 areas where city leaders need God's help.
Maybe if the mayor held the meeting in the bus station men's room instead of a church it would have met ACLU approval.

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