Sunday, March 19, 2006

Marriage Rights?

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today: "Here Comes the Bride. Lock Her Up.
Lisa Clark, a 37-year-old Georgia woman with a month-old son, has been sentenced to nine months in jail--for having sex with her husband. The problem, as the Associated Press reports, is that the husband is 15:

Clark was arrested in November on charges of statutory rape, child molestation and enticing a minor. A few days before her arrest, she married the boy under a 1962 Georgia law that allows children of any age to get married if the bride-to-be is pregnant.

This just goes to show that you can't rely on made-up constitutional rights. The so-called right to privacy, established in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), is premised, as Justice William O. Douglas wrote in the court's opinion, on the inviolability of 'the sacred precincts of marital bedrooms.' Apparently this doesn't apply if the marriage is solemnized pursuant to a screwy law."

You decide.

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