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  •  Very well done, indie. (9+ / 0-)

    Just adding one delicious coda to this story:

    The "Bowers" in this case was Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers, at the time a Democrat (and eternally an asshole). He was not only known for this anti-gay case, but also another, Shahar v. Bowers, where he fired an Assistant Attorney General he had just hired because she was (wait for it)...a lesbian who wanted to marry her partner. His reasoning was that her lesbianism would make it impossible for her to enforce the sodomy law. The 11th Circuit upheld him rescinding her hiring offer.

    During the 90s, like so many civil rights-hating jerks in the good ol' boy network in Georgia, he switched to the GOP. In 1997, he began a run for Governor to replace the term-limited Zell Miller (who, at the time, was insanely popular, and not nearly as publicly insane as he later became in the Senate). During the campaign, it came out that Bowers had been having a salacious affair for the previous decade. And during this affair, like all good affairs, he and his mistress had engaged in--surprise, surprise!--sodomy. Lots of it.

    He still managed to pull 40% of the vote in the GOP primary, and that same year the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the sodomy statute.

    ‎"Our greatest asset as advocates is a deep cognizance of our own ignorance, plus a willingness to do something about it." -Joseph Mitchell Kaye, 1966.

    by JR on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 01:32:02 PM PDT

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