Lawrence v. Texas

Get ready for more discussion of of glory holes than you’ve ever heard in a civics lesson before. This landmark case invalidated sodomy laws across the United States. But did the plaintiffs involved actually commit sodomy with each other? And is the Supreme Court’s legal reasoning at risk today?

Featured image: A protest sign warning that if the privacy protections of Roe v. Wade fall, then Obergefell (same-sex marriage) and Lawrence (sodomy) may follow. (Image source)

A map of sodomy laws in the United States. The darkest red states had sodomy laws that were struck down by the Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court decision. Although these laws were struck down by the decision, many are still on the books–which means they can go into effect if Lawrence v. Texas is ever overturned. (Image source)

A demonstration outside the Supreme Court before the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case (I’m having a hard time finding photos with a creative commons license specifically from Lawrence v. Texas case; phones with cameras were a lot less common in 2003 and people weren’t documenting events for creative commons organizations like Wikimedia, so most of the photos I could find may be owned by news organizations). (Image source)

Counter-protesters at the Supreme Court before the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, calling on the court to roll back Roe v. Wade, Lawrence v. Texas, and apparently also the First Amendment? (Image source)


Early history of sodomy laws

The Lawrence v. Texas case and plaintiffs

Other legal sources