Premarital Sex: Illegal?
posted at 3/14/2013 11:12 AM EDT
Family Research Council thinks so:
According to senior FRC fellow Pat Fagan, the Supreme Court’s “first assault on marriage” was a 1972 case that overturned a state law banning unmarried people from purchasing birth control. Fagan claims that court decision effectively sanctioned premarital sex, “brushing aside thousands and thousands of years of wisdom, tradition, [and] culture.” Appearing on a radio show with Tony Perkins, the head of the organization, Fagan asserted that “society never gave young people that right,” and instead has an obligation to stop, punish, and shame that type of sexual behavior:
"FAGAN: The court decided that single people have the right to contraceptives. What’s that got to do with marriage? Everything, because what the Supreme Court essentially said is single people have the right to engage in sexual intercourse. Well, societies have always forbidden that, there were laws against it. [...]
It’s not the contraception, everybody thinks it’s about contraception, but what this court case said was young people have the right to engage in sex outside of marriage. Society never gave young people that right, functioning societies don’t do that, they stop it, they punish it, they corral people, they shame people, they do whatever. The institution for the expression of sexuality is marriage and all societies always shepherded young people there, what the Supreme Court said was forget that shepherding, you can’t block that, that’s not to be done."
Now obviously FRC is advancing a religious agenda based on biblical doctrine that sex before marriage is a sin. Now,of course the question of whether the state should have the power to either punish individuals who do engage in premarital sex or alternatively deny them them access to contraception is not a religious matter for one who believes in scripture clearly has a choice to abide by their beliefs or not. But what the FRC is pushing is the idea that scripture and law should be one in the same. This is dangerous and thankfully this is but one fringe group's opinion and not likely to ever become law anywhere, but it speaks to the priorities of the fringe right and its crusade to theocracize America.