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There are a few possible explanations for that. Maybe Republicans think sodomy laws are impossible to justify and secretly don't mind that the court struck them down. But that amounts to favoring judicial activism if you like the results, which is exactly what they lambaste liberals for doing.
Or maybe it's because, though they would prefer for the court to uphold sodomy laws, they fear the political consequences of saying so. But that suggests that when the court's activists imposed their moral preferences, they were also "imposing" those of the American people.
Or maybe it's because they realize that laws trampling liberties most people take for granted can't be squared with the spirit of freedom and equality that defines the Constitution—even if the letter of the Constitution has nothing obvious to say on the particular matter at hand.
Senate Republicans may vocally oppose judicial activism. But sometimes, they really, really don't want to fight it.
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