In a rather typical fit of hyperbole, Rev. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention took some new swipes at the LGBT community. When it comes to Land's morality, there is no "live and let live philosophy" in operation.
This year marks the anniversary of two powerhouse decisions of the Supreme Court: Roe v. Wade, in which a woman's right to have an abortion was established 40 years ago, and Lawrence v. Texas, which held 10 years ago that laws prohibiting same-sex sexual conduct are unconstitutional.
With the Lawrence v. Texas decision, our lives and the law changed forever. No longer were we to be thought of as criminals. And the recognition that the nation's Constitution requires respect for our lives has inspired victory after victory for LGBT students, workers, couples, and parents.
Told from the perspectives of the plaintiffs, arresting officers, attorneys, judges, and prosecutors, Flagrant Conduct is a detailed account of the 2003 landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas, in which the U.S. Supreme Court made same-gender sexual activity legal.
In The New Yorker Dahlia Lithwick questions whether Lambda Legal dressed up the Lawrence v. Texas story to make it about love and relationships. I have been the Executive Director of Lambda Legal for 20 years, and I am happy to respond to Ms. Lithwick.
Three ordinary people who stood up against injustice and became heroes died in the past two months. Lambda Legal was proud to represent each of them in court, winning victories that improved the lives of many.
Some of the effects of Lawrence were immediate: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people could no longer be presumptively branded criminals and treated as such in public and private spheres. But many of its effects are still unfolding.
What does it mean to exist in a country that reminds you that you exist outside of the law? How do you process a night like Friday, where you celebrate a huge entry into legal equality, but understand that doesn't make you fully legal?
For American reporters and editors, Pakistan only exists in the context of security concerns: the Taliban, terrorism, fundamentalist Islam, and the war in Afghanistan. Outside of this context, there is no Pakistan.
June 26, 2003: The Supreme Court issued one of its most important rulings in the area of individual rights and human dignity, but the constitutional protection of the essential human dignity of gay men and lesbians is hanging by a slender thread.