The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay sex Thursday, ruling that the law is an unconstitutional violation of privacy. The 6-3 ruling reverses course from a ruling 17 years ago that states could penalize gay people for what such laws have historically deemed deviant sex. It also apparently invalidates laws that criminalize consensual sodomy among heterosexuals. You can read the details on any news website on the Internet. It's nice to know that the "hick-states" such as Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and the others will no longer be able to hold the threat of arrest over the heads of those who choose to engage in oral or anal sex, particularly gay men. (Forgive my use of the term "hick-states", but I'm sorry, it's true.) I figured the Supreme Court would rule this way, but I'm still a bit alarmed that 3 of the justices did not want to overturn the laws.