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Lawrence and Garner v. Texas

Docket No.: 02-102
Certiorari Granted: Dec 2 2002
Argued: March 26, 2003
Decided: June 26, 2003

Topics:

Due Process, Privacy, Bill of Rights, Bivens action, Commerce Clause, Due Process, Eighth Amendment, Equal Protection Clause, Fifth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Interstate Commerce Clause, Natural Resources, Sixth Amendment, Supremacy Clause, Title VII, antitrust, murder, preemption, privacy, probable cause, public schools, sovereign immunity, stare decisis

PartyNames: John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner v. Texas
Petitioner: John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner
Respondent: Texas

Court Below: Court of Appeals of Texas, Fourteenth District
Citation: Court of Appeals of Texas, 14th District, 41 S.W.3d 349. QUESTIONS PRESENTED 1. Whether Petitioners' criminal convictions under the Texas "Homosexual Conduct"law - which criminalizes sexual intimacy by same-sex couples, but not identical behavior by different-sex couples - violate the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee ofequal protection of the laws?
Supreme Court Docket

John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner
v.
Texas
539 U.S. 558 (2003)
Question:

Do the criminal convictions of John Lawrence and Tyron Garner under the Texas "Homosexual Conduct" law, which criminalizes sexual intimacy by same-sex couples, but not identical behavior by different-sex couples, violate the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of equal protection of laws? Do their criminal convictions for adult consensual sexual intimacy in the home violate their vital interests in liberty and privacy protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment? Should Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986), be overruled?

Lawrence and Garner v. Texas
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 26, 2003

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 6 votes for Lawrence and Garner, 3 vote(s) against
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