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September 20th, 2007
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A Papa finds his Pride

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Date:September 20th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, knowing someone (or realizing you know someone) makes all the difference.

The Justice who cast the deciding vote in Bowers v. Hardwick, Justice Powell, said years later that he regretted his vote and would have voted differently if he'd understood what the decision meant, if only he'd known someone who was gay.

As it happens, one of his law clerks at the time of the decision was gay, and was encouraged by his friends who knew about the case to come out to the Justice and put a personal face on it. He refused to, out of fear that it would hurt his career.
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