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Thursday, April 24, 2003

Santorum


I've made some comments on the Santorum issue at Messrs. Yglesias, Goldberg, and Courreges' sites (see links on the left), but figured I may as well post a brief one here as well. Suffice it to say I agree with Mr. Volokh that there is no legal basis I can think of to differentiate between any varieties of consensual sexual relations (going against the wishes of NAMBLA here by saying I'll stick with our admittedly arbitrary age of consent and rule out what they claim to be entirely consensual relations with four-year-olds).

Santorum, unless he said it and it just wasn't mentioned in the papers, said nothing about bestiality, despite the plethora of bloggers convinced he compared homosexuality to bestiality. All he did was say it's no different from any other variety of extramarital sex. Many people, I believe, would agree. Many would say they're all equally morally wrong; many would say they're all fine. There are, of course, gradations. More people would say adultery's fine (or at least not deserving of criminal prosecution) than would say incest is fine, for example. Seeing as how the main argument (besides a nearly-universal taboo on sibling or parental incest) against incest is a mildly increased amount of birth defects, you'll have a hard time being consistent there unless you, say, make exceptions for older and infertile couples and also advocate legally preventing non-related people who have higher-than-average chances of transmitting genetic defects from mating.

Some people in favor of homosexual sex are not mad because Santorum said they were wrong but rather because he compared it to bigamy, polygamy, incest, and adultery. I'm sure the incest-advocacy groups (there are some, often working to get the US to overturn its (in my opinion) overly strict anti-incest law that also includes first cousins) are mad they've been compared to adultery. Polygamous groups are mad because they think their actions are fine, but some other acts mentioned are not. I think, within those groups, it's largely a matter of opinion; I'm actually more opposed to adultery than to the others, because it entails defaulting on a publicly-made vow. Don't think they should put you in jail for it, but do think it should remain frowned-upon. As many people think about some or all of the actions mentioned.

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