Privacy is an inalienable Human Right! Stand up to support the Privacy Rights of Americans! The third-highest ranking Republican in the United States Senate, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), recently stated that States should have the right to proactively legislate against adult, consensual sexual relations — particularly against adults who aren’t married, monogamous heterosexuals. Santorum stated that he believed there is no such thing as a constitutional right of privacy, and that the government should be able to outlaw certain kinds of sexual activity for moral reasons.
Privacy is an inalienable Human Right!
Stand up to support the Privacy Rights of Americans!
The third-highest ranking Republican in the United States Senate, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), recently stated that States should have the right to proactively legislate against adult, consensual sexual relations — particularly against adults who aren’t married, monogamous heterosexuals. Santorum stated that he believed there is no such thing as a constitutional right of privacy, and that the government should be able to outlaw certain kinds of sexual activity for moral reasons.
The chilling effect of Sen. Santorum’s comments — that the right to privacy in our own homes should be dictated by the government — is exactly what NCSF fights on a daily basis. Millions of American families don’t fit the so-called "traditional" model, including many in the alternative sexual expression community. Santorum’s statements affect SM practitioners, swingers and all people who engage in consensual polyamorous relationships.
Please stand up and say — No legislature or government entity has the right to dictate how consenting adults should have sex!
The following excerpts are from an Associated Press interview, taped April 7, 2003. Sen. Santorum commented extensively about Privacy Rights in relation to Lawrence v. Texas, the case pending before the Supreme Court in which two men from Texas were arrested for having consensual sex in their bedroom after police came in without a warrant:
"Again, it goes back to this moral relativism, which is very accepting of a variety of different lifestyles. And if you make the case that if you can do whatever you want to do, as long as it’s in the privacy of your own home, this "right to privacy," then why be surprised that people are doing things that are deviant within their own home? If you say, there is no deviant as long as it’s private, as long as it’s consensual, then don’t be surprised what you get. You’re going to get a lot of things that you’re sending signals that as long as you do it privately and consensually, we don’t really care what you do. And that leads to a culture that is not one that is nurturing and necessarily healthy. I would make the argument in areas where you have that as an accepted lifestyle, don’t be surprised that you get more of it."
"We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that has sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose. Because, again, I would argue, they undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family. And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual 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. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. It all comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution, this right that was created, it was created in Griswold — Griswold was the contraceptive case — and abortion. And now we’re just extending it out. And the further you extend it out, the more you — this freedom actually intervenes and affects the family. You say, well, it’s my individual freedom. Yes, but it destroy’s the basic unit of our society because it condones behavior that’s antithetical to strong, healthy families. Whether it’s polygamy, whether it’s adultery, where it’s sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family."
To see the relevant part of this transcript, go to:
White House – Fax: (202) 456-2461
Ask the President to denounce Santorum’s remarks about consensual adult sexuality. We are currently fighting a war in Iraq to bring freedom to others, yet this US Senator claims Americans don’t have the inalienable human right to privacy under our own constitution.
Sen. Rick Santorum – Fax: (202) 228-0604
or send email from santorum.senate.gov
Tell Santorum that consenting adults do have the right to privacy in their own homes, and that his moral objections to adult consensual sexual activity affects millions of people. Tell the Senator that he doesn’t have any business being in the bedrooms of his constituents.
Republican National Committee
Chair: Marc Racicot
310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
The Republican National Committee helps determine the party’s national agenda and supports select candidates. Ask the RNC to denounce Sen. Santorum’s remarks about consensual adult sexuality and reconsider any support of him in the future. Santorum’s willingness to curtail the privacy rights of Americans, based on his theocratic agenda, has no place within the compassionate conservatism that so many of the Republican party espouse.
Republican Party of Pennsylvania
Executive Director: Chad Saylor
112 State Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone (717) 234-4901
FAX (717) 231-3828
email from this page – www.pagop.org/contact.asp
Sen. Santorum receives funds from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. Ask them to reconsider their support of Sen. Santorum because of his willingness to curtail the privacy rights of Americans based on his theocratic agenda.