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The LGBQTIA+ Community's Road to Equality: Lawrence v. Texas

July 18, 2022



In 2003, the controversy surrounding Lawrence v. Texas reached the Supreme Court. This case was groundbreaking for the LGBTQIA+ community, as it would finally grant them the same rights as everyone else in America. The story behind Lawrence v. Texas is an interesting one, and it all started in a small town in Texas...

In 1998, police in Harris County, Texas, responded to a report of a disturbance at an apartment complex. When they arrived on the scene, they found two men, John Lawrence and Tyron Garner, engaged in sexual activity. The police arrested the two men and charged them with "deviate sexual intercourse," which was a crime under Texas law.  

Lawrence and Garner challenged their arrest, arguing that the law was unconstitutional. They argued that the law violated their right to privacy, as well as their right to equal protection under the law. The case made its way to the Supreme Court, where the justices ruled in favor of Lawrence and Garner. They struck down the Texas law that criminalized homosexual activity and any other states with similar laws, declaring it unconstitutional. This ruling was a major victory for LGBTQIA+ rights and helped pave the way for equality in America.

It's been over 15 years since Lawrence v. Texas was decided, and the LGBTQIA+ community has made great strides towards equality in that time. However, progression still needs to be made. Today, members of the LGBTQIA+ community are still fighting for equality in all aspects of their lives. The case of Lawrence v. Texas was significant not only because it changed history for the LGBTQIA+ community, but also because it showed that love always wins. Thanks to Lawrence v. Texas, we are one step closer to achieving the equality we deserve.

Do you have any thoughts on Lawrence v. Texas? Share them in the comments below! And be sure to check out our other blog posts for more information on LGBTQIA+ rights and equality in America.

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Kollyn Conrad


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