10 Years Ago Today, We Repealed Anti-Sodomy Laws

Today, we repealed DOMA.

1. Until 10 years ago, there were still laws in some states that made consensual gay sexual contact explicitly illegal.

In 1998, two men named John Lawrence and Tyron Garner were arrested in Texas for having sex. The officers came to Lawrence’s home after receiving a false report that they had a weapon. The police did not search the home, but simply arrested them for homosexual conduct.

2. In 2002, the United States Supreme Court agreed to take the case appealing the arrest.

The Texas Court of Appeals had previously refused to hear the appeal challenging the arrest, brought by Lambda Legal.

3. In 2003, the Supreme Court struck down all remaining “Homosexual Conduct” laws.

It was an incredible, broad victory.

4. Today, ten years later, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA across the country.

Matt Stopera

Read more about the anti-sodomy laws at Lambda Legal.

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