FRC: Single People Have No Right to Have Sex

A lot of people know about Griswold v Connecticut, which said states can’t ban the use of contraception by married couples. But a few years later, in Eisenstadt v. Baird, the court extended that to non-married people. Pat Fagan, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, went on Tony Perkins’ radio show and said that this ruling was wrong and that any “functioning society” should ban all sex outside of marriage:

The court decided that single people have the right to contraceptives. What’s that got to do with marriage? Everything, because what the Supreme Court essentially said is single people have the right to engage in sexual intercourse. Well, societies have always forbidden that, there were laws against it. Now sure, single people are inclined to push the fences and jump over them, particularly if they are in love with each other and going onto marriage, but they always knew they were doing wrong. In this case the Supreme Court said, take those fences away they can do whatever they like, and they didn’t address at all what status children had, what status the commons had, by commons I mean the rest of the United States, have they got any standing in this case? They just said no, singles have the right to contraceptives we mean singles have the right to have sex outside of marriage. Brushing aside millennia, thousands and thousands of years of wisdom, tradition, culture and setting in motion what we have…

It’s not the contraception, everybody thinks it’s about contraception, but what this court case said was young people have the right to engage in sex outside of marriage. Society never gave young people that right, functioning societies don’t do that, they stop it, they punish it, they corral people, they shame people, they do whatever. The institution for the expression of sexuality is marriage and all societies always shepherded young people there, what the Supreme Court said was forget that shepherding, you can’t block that, that’s not to be done.

But remember, they want “smaller government.” They’re the ones working to protect freedom. What freedom? The freedom to impose their theocratic vision of society on everyone else.

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