Why should sex parties be the concern of the government?
Dan Savage is a sex columnist featured in many alternative newspapers. He is a gay rights supporter (along with being gay himself) and the originator of the It gets better project. He wrote in his most recent column:
"Last week the Portland Press Herald reported about the closure of a club in Sanford, Maine, where opposite-sex-attracted adults were having opposite-sex sex in a building that was—THINK OF THE CHILDREN—kinda close to a public library that wasn't open when opposite-sex-attracted adults were gathering to indulge their sick opposite-sex desires. But, you know, still! Adults were having sex in a place that was kinda close to a place where children who don't have access to the internet at home sometimes go to "read"!
The owners of the club didn't have a permit to operate an adult business in Sanford, and they're not going to get one, because Sanford doesn't issue permits for adult businesses, which means one more small business has been destroyed by burdensome government regulation. (Where are the teabaggers when we need 'em?)
Anyway, this quote from the police spokesperson in the Portland Press Herald's report jumped out at me: "The officers were appalled at the number and variety of sexual acts being performed—and one of the officers has worked vice crimes—right out in the open where everybody was sitting."
My goodness! Opposite-sex-attracted adults were having opposite-sex sex in front of, gee, other opposite-sex-attracted adults who paid to get in and wanted to watch. But at least the children of Sanford are safe from the adult sex parties that they couldn't attend and didn't know were going on until the details were splashed all over the front pages of a daily newspaper that's available for their perusal in the public library where they go to look at porn on the internet."
Dan Savage is exactly right, there are a large group of Americans (who ironically talk about smaller government) who want the government to be the anti-sex police. Why does this cop care about the sex practices of consenting adults? Is someone going into his bedroom and critiquing how he has sex with his wife? Religious by the way is a prime motivator for these beliefs.