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Lawrence v Texas

This Right-Wing Legal Powerhouse Wants to Make Gay Sex Illegal

Carlos Maza | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Carlos Maza

While the group prefers to talk about its "religious liberty" work when in the media spotlight, ADF is actively working to promote and defend anti-sodomy laws that criminalize gay sex.

Alan Turing Helped Save the World & They Persecuted Him

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I usually find TV award shows as primarily fluff and hype, and they rarely stir deep emotions in me. However, listening to Benedict Cumberbatch's acceptance speech in the Best Actor category at the American Film Awards ceremonies for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the film "The Imitation Game" brought me to tears.

Utah Ruling May Foreshadow Supreme Court Defeat for Gay Marriage

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

The larger issue here, which most people are completely missing, is that the Utah case will likely climb its way up to the Supreme Court no matter the outcome in the 10th Circuit, and the Supreme Court's stay is a clue into how the highest court may rule on the broader question: Is it constitutional for states to ban gay marriage?

Here's The Medieval-Sounding Sodomy Law That Helped Cuccinelli Lose The Governorship

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial race Tuesday, thanks in part to Democratic opponents who succ...

LGBT Legal Progress: 1988 - 2038

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Much of the progress towards freedom and equality occurs in legislatures and courts, making a legal education a necessity. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 25th anniversary conference of Lavender Law in San Francisco.

A Grandmother on -- Gasp -- Sodomy

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Never in my 79 years, nearly 59 of them married to the only man I have ever known, did I imagine being able to say -- much less write -- this: I am guilty of sodomy. We live in Virginia, and in Virginia, the state's anti-sodomy law is again front and center.

The Irony of It All: When Adversaries Unintentionally Reveal the Truth

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

In his dissenting opinion in the DOMA case, Justice Scalia states with profound disgust that as a result of the decision, "the view that this court will take of state prohibition of same-sex marriage is indicated beyond mistaking." Justice Scalia, you are a veritable divining rod of the truth.

Today's Supreme Court Victories: From Convincing to Significant Movement Forward

John Mattras | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
John Mattras

The fight for equality in 37 other states continues. But we now have clear direction that the Constitution, in addition to the political process and changing attitudes of the general public, are coalescing in favor of marriage equality across the entire country.

Ding, Dong! The Witch Is Dead

Jason Howe | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Howe

What does it feel like to be like everyone else? As I write this, I can hear my daughter Clara squealing from her high chair in the kitchen as Papá -- who can now become a citizen because I can sponsor him -- tells her not to plaster herself with yogurt.

From Criminals to Newlyweds in 10 Years

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Kevin Cathcart

Question: In 10 years, how did we get from an America in which 13 states still had anti-sodomy laws that made criminals of lesbian and gay people just for having sex to an America where 13 jurisdictions allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry?

Lawrence v. Texas: When LGBT Americans Became Recognized as Second Class Citizens

Ariel Wengroff | Posted 06.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Ariel Wengroff

While there's no argument that progress is being made, many argue that the parameters around LGBT discrimination, particularly gender identity, are still unclear.

Supreme Court Justices Pose Two Strange Questions in Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The Supreme Court in hearing argument in the same-sex marriage cases posed two questions that I doubt were ever asked before.

When Did the Southern Baptists Become Libertarian?

James Peron | Posted 05.10.2013 | Gay Voices
James Peron

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.

Exploring The Legacies Of Roe And Lawrence

Douglas NeJaime | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Douglas NeJaime

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.

Robert Bork Leaves Legacy for Right and Left

Hans Johnson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The death of influential former judge Robert Bork marks the conclusion of a career in conservative advocacy, on and off the bench, and the closing of an era in American politics.

Supreme Court, Then And Now

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Kevin Cathcart

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.

How Anti-Sodomy Laws Were Sunk

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

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.

Lawrence v. Texas: Extreme Truth

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 05.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Kevin Cathcart

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.

The Impersonator

D. R. Tucker | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

The Romney of 2007-08 seemed to stand for something. What does the Romney of 2011-12 stand for? What, exactly, is he trying to accomplish?

When Ordinary People Say 'No' to Injustice

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 03.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Kevin Cathcart

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.

Laura Bassett

Rick Santorum: States Should Have Power To Ban Birth Control, Sodomy

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, whose strong base of evangelical Christian supporters has thrust him into contention in Iowa, said on...

Rick Perry Forgets Stance On Anti-Sodomy Law

Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

Rick Perry blanked out Thursday on a question about a Supreme Court decision he fought against as governor of Texas. At the Blue Strawberry Coffee Com...

Defense Bill Repeals Military Ban On Sodomy

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Recently passed Senate legislation would make sodomy and sex with animals legal under military law, ending long-standing prohibitio...

Rick Santorum Defends Support For Controversial Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum touted his support for anti-sodomy laws and said gay marriage supporters wanted to "drive faith out of...

Victory After Victory: Lawrence v. Texas at 8

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Kevin Cathcart

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.