Sunday, December 18, 2005

Wife Swapping: Our Next New Charter Right?

The Supreme Court is set to decide whether the traditional definition of adultery should be upheld under the Criminal Code section prohibiting wife-swapping orgies:

The groundbreaking case, which could set new standards for decency in contemporary Canadian society, stems from two Montreal "swingers" clubs charged with keeping a bawdy house.

One defendant, James Kouri, ran the Coeur a Corps bar, where swinging couples could hook up by paying a $6 cover charge.

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Kouri was convicted of keeping a common bawdy house and sentenced to pay fines of $500 on the first count and $5,000 on the second.

He won acquittal from Quebec's top court, but the other club owner, Jean-Paul Labaye, lost his appeal.


One wonders whether the Supreme Court will defer the matter of unconstitutionality to Parliament to decide, as it did in the marriage reference case. I'm sure that the Liberals and NDP, as champions of sexual libertinism, will be only too quick to defend the rights of this oppressed and aggrieved sexual minority.

It should make for some interesting Parliamentary debate, anyway.

Or will the Supreme Court confront the matter head-on, and rule that Canadians have the Charter right to hold orgies?

Imagine Paul Martin shouting that Stephen Harper will take away the Charter right of wife swapping by invoking the notwithstanding clause, a right he will defend to the death as the Charter's greatest champion!

The more that one declares that the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation, the further the state keeps intruding.

Source: Winnipeg Sun

2 comments:

lower case bag said...

Orgies are always fun.

Mark said...

The more that one declares that the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation, the further the state keeps intruding.

A truer word has ne'er been spoken.