Dear Tyron Garner,

faked by Thursday, September 14th, 2006

You died yesterday, at only 39. The newspapers keep using the “s”-word—even in the headlines!—and talking about how you did so much for gay rights.

Apparently, they forget, or don’t understand, how much John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner v. Texas meant and means for all Americans. Justice Stevens said it best in his dissent from Bowers, which Justice Kennedy quoted for the Court in Lawrence:

[I]ndividual decisions by married persons, concerning the intimacies of their physical relationship, even when not intended to produce offspring, are a form of ‘liberty’ protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Moreover, this protection extends to intimate choices by unmarried as well as married persons.

In other words, Lawrence is about being safe and secure in our own homes from government intrusion. We are a free country, and Texas forgot that, like its faux child Mr. Bush often does. We the People cannot forget that. For we are all “entitled to respect for [our] private lives,” just like John and Tyron.

There are some places that the government has no place going: our bodies, our spiritual life, our private emotional life. Justice Kennedy wrote Lawrence with a bunch of “theirs” and “thems,” because he was talking about John and Tyron personally. I’m going to switch it to American, because when we talk about freedom in America, the words we always use are “ours” and “us.”

Because in America, no “State can[] demean [our] existence or control [our] destiny by making [our] private sexual conduct a crime,” because our “right to liberty under the Due Process Clause gives [us] the full right to engage in [our] conduct without intervention of the government.”

So written and so ordered, June 26, 2003. So, Tyron—because you had the courage to push forward, to demand that those words be written for all of us—I thank you, and may God bless you and hold you close to Him,

Your Friend,


5 Responses to “Dear Tyron Garner,”

  1. Regulator says:

    Thanks for drawing our attention to this, and doing so with eloquence.

  2. Josh says:

    Being gay is a sickness and in other countries is outlawed by death. Think about it if everyone was gay there would be know one on earth. It’s just sick to see a man talk and act like a woman. It should be outlawed here in America too..

  3. gorjus says:

    Oh, Josh. Nah, it’s not a sickness, and don’t fluff on the legal stuff, sissy: that’s my job, and you failed to cite to a country where it’s a) outlawed and b) punishable by death. Lord knows that the examples you might find—let’s say, extreme cases in certain parts of the Middle East—are sure as hell nowhere I’d like to live.

    And, just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you can’t procreate, Braniac. A friend of mine just had her first daughter the other day, given birth to by her partner. But there were no boys!! Gasp!! I know! SCIENCE!

    And, pretending for a moment that there is such a thing as “acting like a man” and “acting like a woman,” uh . . . so what? The best part of America, Josh, is that we can be left alone to be whoever we are—whether straight or gay, Baptist or Catholic. We do get a lot of visitors from overseas and maybe you just don’t get that where you’re from (because surely you’re not from Houston, Texas, the home of your ISP).

  4. polly says:

    Josh, i’ve heard things like you said here before and i just don’t understand it. you said an effeminate man makes you ‘sick’. how is that? do you mean like when you see rancid meat? do you have feelings of illness? maybe you mean you despair? does it bother you that this man won’t love another woman? does it REALLY just hurt your stomach that much? how do you handle seeing all the lonely men of this world who will never know the love of a woman when they actually WANT it? is it difficult to see married people without children? My wife and i have no children. would it hurt you to see me? are you that deeply concerned with the personal loves of the people around you? I would find it hard to maneuver through a world with that level of sensitivity.

    I think more to the point is that you don’t like something and you really don’t have much or a reason why. it feels better to talk and talk saying things you’ve heard other people say…at least until you feel like you’ve made up a ‘reason’. you didn’t pull it off, josh. maybe you should work a little harder. i mean, SERIOUSLY. you didn’t even MENTION lesbians. don’t they bother you too? i don’t think you were even trying.