Media Update – July 17, 2003

1. N.C. judge declares state sodomy law unconstitutional
2. Responsible Non-Monagamists

1. N.C. judge declares state sodomy law unconstitutional
2. Responsible Non-Monagamists

N.C. judge declares state sodomy law unconstitutional

by Associated Press
The Charlotte Observer
July 12, 2003

A Mecklenburg County judge threw out two charges against a man accused of soliciting sodomy in a public park as he declared North Carolina's sodomy law unconstitutional.

Mecklenburg District Judge Nate Proctor ruled Friday the state's law barring anal or oral sex for anyone except married couples was invalidated by a Supreme Court ruling last month that overturned the Texas sodomy law.

The new guidelines say police no longer can arrest those they suspect are meeting in public and agreeing to have anal or oral sex in a home or other private place. They say they still will cite those wanting to perform sodomy in a public or unspecified place. [cont.]

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Responsible Non-Monagamists

by Martin Finucane
CBS News
July 8, 2003

Activists define polyamory as "responsible non-monogamy," or the potential for loving more than one person at a time. They say "polys" want honest, intimate, enduring love relationships. They just don't want relationships to be limited to two people.

"I think polyamory is a fancy way of saying 'sleeping around.' For this denomination to even discuss it is an attack on the family. And this type of lifestyle would certainly put children in jeopardy," said Kristin Hansen, a spokeswoman for the conservative Family Research Council in Washington.

The Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness, an organization formed three years ago that claims about 72 members across the nation, recently held an informational workshop at the 42nd General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Jasmine Walston, 46, of Louisville, Ky., vice president of the organization, said practitioners of polyamory worry about alienating their families and discrimination on the job, in housing and in the courts. Asked if she thought polyamory was wrong, Walston, who was raised as a Southern Baptist and is now in an open marriage, said, "It's wrong for some people. It's right for other people. … I don't believe the Bible prohibits multiple loving relationships. I haven't found that anywhere in the Bible."

"What we need is just to keep the conversation going," she said. "That's the most important thing." [cont.]

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