Geoffrey Stone Responds to Anti-Gay Activist
On April 3, I was one of several individuals who received the following email from Sharon Kass, an apparently well-known anti-gay rights activist:
You were all mentioned in the April 2 POLITICO article by Josh Gerstein regarding the replacement of Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court.
Whoever turns out to be the next justice, don't count on the matter of gay marriage to be settled. The Court has been wrong before.
The American people are learning that homosexuality and transgenderism are psychological disorders that are preventable and treatable. They are learning that there is no such thing as a "sexual minority." GayScam will go down in history as an unprecedented corruption of law, of government, and of the public mind.
Now, I generally don't respond to such emails, but this one intrigued me. So, I replied:
Dear Ms. Kass,
I'm curious about your views. Why do you feel so strongly about this? After all, lots of people adopt lifestyles and beliefs that others of us don't particularly approve of, but we don't use the law to compel them to change. People can choose to live as hermits, they can choose to believe in astrology, they can choose to be Socialists, they can choose not to marry, they can choose to skydive, they can choose to believe in witches and goblins, they can choose not to get treatment for physical or emotional disorders, and so on. The basic presumption of a free society is that people can make choices for themselves and the state should not interfere with those choices unless they are harmful to others or extremely harmful to themselves.