Sep 20, 2012 The Sexual Freedom Summit is this weekend across my street
Without sexual freedom, our other civil liberties are not sufficiently protected.
Around two months before I started law school, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to permit states to continue criminalizing sodomy (oral sex and anal intercourse). Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986). That effectively exposed millions of people to prosecution and conviction. Seventeen years later, the Supreme Court, ruling 6-3, barred criminalization of consensual adult sodomy. Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003).
Little did I realize before starting law school that the Supreme Court would even get in the way of consensual oral sex. By the time I read Bowers, I realized that nothing is automatically sacred at the Supreme Court.
My law practice primarily focuses on criminal defense. Just as my obsession with civil liberties protection heavily influences my choice to focus on criminal defense, it also heavily influences the many times I have defended sexual freedom in such First Amendment protection matters as fighting to keep open adult video stores and strip clubs and to eliminate and deflate laws that make it more onerous and expensive to operate such businesses. My criminal defense practice includes defending allegations of sex crimes. All criminal defense involves the defense of the Bill of Rights, which is the very essence of civil liberties.
This weekend is the third Sexual Freedom Summit presented by the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. The Summit will be just three doors away from my office, at the Silver Spring, Maryland, Sheraton. Alas, I doubt I will be there, with the guts of the conference falling on Saturday, the day I spend with my family. The conference is not a place for my first-grade son, both based on the content and on what he enjoys doing on a weekend day.
Aside from the September 21 evening Popcorn and Porn gathering, if the past two conferences are any indication, if you turned off the sound at the conference and did not look inside the goody bag handed out, you might not even know that sexual activity was the theme of the conference. Civil libertes is the key here.