Lawrence v. Texas

(2003)

In Lawrence v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court faced a direct challenge to the ruling in Bowers v. Hardwick, a 1986 case in which the Court had upheld as constitutional a Georgia law criminalizing sodomy between consenting adults. The defendant in that case was a gay man who had been convicted under the statute but argued that he had a constitutional right to privacy that extended to private, consensual sexual conduct. Reframing the legal question, the Court rejected the defendant's arguments and stated that the Constitution provided no fundamental right to engage in homosexual...

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