I live in Michigan, which is why I include Michigan in my question. But should every state (and maybe the federal constitution) have a right to privacy explicitly spelled out in it? There reason for it would be twofold I guess. It is a necessary right in this modern world we live in (even though our founding fathers would have found it redundant). And it would shut up conservatives who complain there is no such right in the (federal and other) constitution.
Anyways, it is not as farfetched an idea as it may sound. I did some research about 10 years ago, and I found some states apparently have it in their constitutions. Two noteworty examples would be California (see here). And Hawaii (see here).
It is ironic Michigan does not have a right to privacy (see here). Because like California (Sec. 7.5) and Hawaii (Sec. 23) it has a clause against gay marriage in its bill of rights (meaning it is a “fundamental right”(??) like free speech and right to bail:confused:).
Also, as an interesting side note to this proposal of mine, I actually sent a post card to then-Mich. attorney general Jennifer Granholm and the Secretary of State, Candice Miller in 2000. My proposal was cordially received, but otherwise didn’t go very far. I just thought I throw that in.
So what do you all think? An explicit guarantee for privacy for Michigan, every state (and maybe the federal constitution)?
I await your responses.