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TheDailyBeast.com: Most Divisive Supreme Court Decisions

Lawrence v. Texas

In 2003 the Lawrence v. Texas decision was a watershed moment for gay rights in America. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down Texas’s anti-sodomy law, finding that sexual conduct between consenting adults was protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. The court reversed its 1986 decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, in which it had upheld a Georgia law that made sodomy illegal between homosexuals. The Lawrence case not only overruled Bowers but also nullified sodomy laws in about a dozen other states.

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