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Gays Celebrate Ruling 

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U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's Station Square office was once again the target, this time of celebration, of local gay activists when the Supreme Court struck down Texas' anti-sodomy laws, and effectively similar laws in 12 other states, on June 26. Although fewer than a dozen people stood with signs aimed at rush-hour Smithfield Street Bridge motorists, several spectators jumped out of buses or left bus stops to join the group.

"This is a decision that is going to be a benefit to all Americans in protecting the right to privacy," said Tim Vining, who heads Garfield-based Thomas Merton Center. Santorum had angered gay activists and sympathizers throughout the nation in May when he worried publicly that extending privacy rights to gay adult sex would somehow lead to legalizing bestiality and incest ("Gays Penetrate Santorum's Sanctum," May 7). But Vining was cautious in victory: "We realize our liberation has not been achieved yet. Just as Brown v. Board of Education did not end segregation, this decision does not end bigotry."

Cautioned protest organizer David Meieran: "It's a victory but Supreme Court decisions are not a substitute for liberation."


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