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Plaintiff in landmark Lawrence v. Texas case dies

Because Tyrone Garner and John Lawrence had the courage to challenge homophobic sodomy laws, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that love, sexuality and family play the same role in gay people’s lives as they do for everyone else. That’s a colossal legacy and one for which his community will forever be thankful.”
Lambda Legal Executive Director, Kevin Cathcart, on the passing of Tyrone Garner, a plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court case, Lawrence and Garner v. Texas

Without this case, the progress on gay rights would not be where it is today. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (5 to 3) that Texas’s sodomy law was unconstitutional, effectively striking down the sodomy laws in the 13 states where they were still in place.

Every right wing bible beater since that day has railed about judicial activism and the Homosexual Agenda, and their organizations eagerly await the day that they can pack the court with enough conservatives to attempt to recriminalize homosexuality. They are very close to that goal with the addition of Roberts and Alito to the bench.

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