Ruling seeks to close the door on sexual freedom; “goes against the right to ‘be you’ in the bedroom”

Washington, DC, March 11, 2016–The National LGBTQ Task Force is condemning a new ruling by the federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia that says that individuals have no constitutional right to engage in consensual BDSM activity. The case, Doe v George Mason University et al, challenges long standing privacy rights determined by landmark Supreme Court rulings such as Lawrence v. Texas.

“This ruling takes us backwards and contravenes the pivotal sexual freedom and privacy Supreme Court ruling of Lawrence v. Texas. A fundamental component of lived freedom is a healthy sex life — and the right of adults to choose whatever sort of consensual sexual activity they want within the privacy of their own homes. Here we have a ruling that clearly goes against the right to ‘be you’ in the most private of spaces, the bedroom. We hope that this decision is swiftly overturned,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force.


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