NFL player busted in prostitution sting & marijuana & gay right
Issues in the news:
I. Montana finally revoked its' anti-gay/ anti-sodomy law. This is though their state supreme court and the U.S. Supreme Court, had already overturned all such bans. Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas continue to have such bans on their books.
Indeed, in 2009, years after the federal decision in Lawrence V. Texas, a gay couple were threatened with prosecution for kissing in an El Paso, Texas restaurant. The cop stated he was ignorant of the state of the law, and considering how police are often ignorant of free speech/press rights of citizens filming in public, they might be true.
Now, 34 Montana House members voted to keep a law whose purpose is solely to imprison and punish gay men for consensual sex. In 2013. This was along party lines with Republicans mostly supporting the ban and Democrats supporting repeal.
Of course scripture, natural law and eternal law were cited in support of this ban. Because after all, Montana (as the rest of the U.S.) is a Christian theocracy. Oh wait, they aren't.
This shouldn't be too much of a surprise. In 2010 the Republican party platform of Montana put in its' party platform, support for keeping the anti-sodomy ban on gay men in place.
II. In one of the most horrible abuses by the government when it comes to marijuana, California medical marijuana patient Jason Andrews was stopped by police in Orange County, just outside of Los Angeles for speeding. He explained that the marijuana in his car was related to the picking up and dropping off of marijuana overages (marijuana that is grown for medical reasons but not needed for that person so dispersed to other marijuana patients.)
The $6400 hundred in cash he had was from an insurance settlement. So while Mr. Andrews explained the reason for the money and the marijuana, he still had his money confiscated by police for supposedly being a drug dealer. They didn't even bother to confirm him as a medical marijuana patient or his insurance settlement, even though they held him for over three hours. Indeed, they made out a warrant for his arrest, after releasing him.
The cops told him they didn't agree with the medical marijuana law in that state. So what. Police often state they are just enforcing the law, when it comes to things like marijuana, but in this case they seemed to be ignoring the law to suit their own political ideology.
Mr. Andrews went to trial to defend himself of these drug charges and was denied by the state of California (where medical marijuana is legal and in which he is a legal user of ) from using that fact as a defense. Thankfully there was a jury nullification actvist on the jury.
III. Lastly, an NFL player and Cleveland Browns linebacker named Quentin Groves was arrested in a prostitution sting. That he had condoms will be used as evidence. My opinion? This is incredibly stupid, dumb, idiotic and a waste of money and time by the government. Just like the idiotic war on marijuana we make something much worse, then if it was legal and regulated in the first place.
Oh, and using the fact that he had condoms as evidence just serves as a discentive for people to use protection while in prostitution in the future. Just another example of the Puritan/ anti-sex police controlling our lives. Simply disgusting. I wish I was on this man's jury, to vote acquittal.