As the French say, even a blind pig can sometimes find a truffle. And even the conservative William Rehnquist court can sometimes see the light.
It sure did at the end of the 2003 session, voting 6-3 to strike down Texas' anti-sodomy law as unconstitutional and reversing a 1986 ruling that upheld a similar statute in the state of Georgia.
In last week's Lawrence v. Texas decision, the court proved that times can change, and the law can and must change with it. Seventeen years ago one could still argue that states may legally outlaw private sexual activity between two consenting adults of the same sex. Today, said the nation's highest court, that argument is bogus.
Chicken Little conservatives immediately cried: "The sky is falling!" Once gay sex is OK, they shrieked, gay marriage