FLINT JOURNAL (Editorial) — Park Arrests

Sheriff’s sting only targeted illegality in a public place

Soliciting gay sex at Richfield County Park is illegal as well as inappropriate, and those who engage in such behavior have no grounds to complain about arrests aimed at discouraging it.

A statewide homosexual rights organization only hurts its cause by criticizing a Sheriff’s Department campaign that nabbed nine men in recent weeks, including a Genesee County Health Department worker allegedly looking for a quick encounter.

Rather than “targeted harassment” of gay men, as the Triangle Foundation accuses, authorities are trying to enforce an expected level of decorum at a public facility, the same as when police arrest johns to crack down on open prostitution.
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