Canada–it’s one wild country! Its Supreme Court has just ruled that people have a constitutional right to have group sex at public clubs–as long as everyone involved consents and someone remembers to lock the door. (See the great post on this by my favorite Torontonian, Kathy Shaidle.)


And oh, why not? The age of consent in Canada is already 14, as opposed to the 16 or 18 that’s the norm in the rest of the world. So if you’re a 45-year-old guy having sex with your 15-year-old girlfriend in private, why not be able to do some swapsies with her as well?


The ruling is the brainchild of Canada’s Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, who makes it clear that judges in Canada are perfectly free to overturn whatever laws don’t strike their fancy–democracy and community values be damned. Angry in the Great White North reported a few weeks ago on this speech by McLachlin to some New Zealand law students disclosing her make-it-up-as-you-go-along judicial philosophy:


“‘The rule of law requires judges to uphold unwritten constitutional norms, even in the face of clearly enacted laws or hostile public opinion,’ said a prepared text of the lecture Judge McLachlin gave to law students at Victoria University of Wellington late last week.”


Of course that sounds like the philosophy of a lot of American judges, too. They just haven’t been quite so blatant about it as McLachlin.