Judge Lancaster, appointed by President Bill Clinton, discovered last week a constitutional right to sell obscene films depicting women who are beaten, raped and killed. This heretofore unknown right, Lancaster says, emanates from the U.S. Supreme Court’s far-reaching 2003 decision in Lawrence v Texas striking down state sodomy laws. This may be the end result of Lawrence, though it’s likely the Lawrence majority plans to cherry pick only those laws they find disagreeable. Murder, theft, and child abuse laws seem safe for now. However, Judge Lancaster is giving the Supreme Court an opportunity to eliminate anti-pornography laws, something those Justices dissenting in Lawrence predicted could happen as a result of that decision.
– Mark L. Chance.