Last edited by Zathras; 08-08-2012 at 04:03 PM.
Lawrence v. Texas. But sodomy (even heterosexual oral sex) was banned in some states until 2003. Reason being that sodomy laws were conveniently used selectively to persecute gays (what was happening in the privacy of their bedroom in their home mind you), if not to gain an actual conviction, then to legally harass. Texas was interesting because gays and heterosexuals were treated differently, which the court ruled violated the 14th. Sexual privacy had already been established as a right in the 1960s and 1970s
But you really have to put this in context. Until 1972, cops could legally bust down your bedroom door on suspicion of having sex with someone you weren't married to (two consenting adults of different genders). I don't think gays were being particularly singled out; really it was about a loosely defined sense of sexual morality clashing with the 1960s counter culture. Thing is, once straight people won the sexual privacy right the 14th implied it also held for gays.
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