Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Another Sign of the End Times: North Division

Canadians can have group sex in clubs: top court
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Group sex between consenting adults is neither prostitution nor a threat to society, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Wednesday, dismissing arguments that the sometimes raucous activities of so-called "swingers" clubs were dangerous.

"Consensual conduct behind code-locked doors can hardly be supposed to jeopardize a society as vigorous and tolerant as Canadian society," said the opinion of the seven-to-two majority, written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

The decision does not affect existing laws against prostitution because no money changed hands between the adults having sex.

The court was reviewing an appeal by Jean-Paul Labaye, who ran the L'Orage (Thunderstorm) club. He had been convicted of running a "bawdy house" -- defined as a place where prostitution or acts of public indecency could take place.

Lawyers for Labaye and James Kouri, the owner of another swingers' club in Montreal, had argued that consensual sex between groups of adults behind closed doors was neither indecent or a risk to society.

The Supreme Court judges agreed.

Guess who have new lifetime memberships?

But seriously, folks, group sex is not a risk to society? Forget basic morality - which the Canadian justices obviously have. In the days of rampant STDs, especially AIDS, there is no risk?

Which is why we could never quite cross the threshhold of full-blown libertarianism. We can't quite bridge the gap in our conscience that wonders whether a responsible society can co-exist with a "let it all hang out" amorality that sees the fulfillment of every personal lust as the be-all and end-all of existence.

If bargain-basement group sex is your thing, fine. Our friends in the Great White North are going to have a lot of it to offer very shortly. Knock yourself out. Or up.


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