Extreme Makeover The story behind the story of Lawrence v Texas

Mar 5, 2012 | Posted by: Rick in Kansas | Full story: www.newyorker.com

In 2003, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Lawrence v. Texas, ruling, by a six-to-three margin, that anti-sodomy laws were unconstitutional. Even those of us who followed the case had a rather gauzy notion of what had triggered the litigation. On the night of September 17, 1998, someone made a phone call to the police, warning that a black man was “going crazy with a gun” in an apartment just outside Houston. A clutch of sheriff’s deputies stormed the apartment, and found no gun, but they arrested John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner for having sex in Lawrence’s bedroom. And, in an unlikely series of legal twists, the arrests of Lawrence and Garner became a vehicle for challenging old anti-sodomy laws that were used solely to shame and stigmatize gay couples. Lawrence and Garner were arrested for simply doing what loving couples do.

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HAIL Eustace Tilley !

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So these guys were nothing but a couple of homosexual criminals, huh ? LOL
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It's disturbing to read that Lambda Legal could not raise the necessary funds for the one plaintiff's funeral. What was a funeral back then? Five thousand? That should have been taken care of in some way, general revenues or by making a larger effort.

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Good article worth reading regarding the disposal of Tyron Garner's remains:

http://www.republicoft.com/2006/10/18/no-dign...

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I'm not sure I'd like to read a whole book on the matter, but the review was definitely enlightening! I think we all believed Lawrence and Garner were in the bedroom when the police arrived. I guess that's what they wanted us to believe.

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FaFoxy wrote:
Good article worth reading regarding the disposal of Tyron Garner's remains:
http://www.republicoft.com/2006/10/18/no-dign...
What an embarrassing epilogue to what--as of now--is the most important gay rights case in US history.

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What an embarrassing epilogue to what--as of now--is the most important gay rights case in US history.
I agree.

And now it's understandable why these 2 people were never on tv talking about the case. Considering their backgrounds and history, it IS surprising that they took the case, as the awyers who argue precedent-setting cases like this understanbaly want unassailable squeaky-clean clients. These guys were far from that.
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I'm not sure I'd like to read a whole book on the matter, but the review was definitely enlightening! I think we all believed Lawrence and Garner were in the bedroom when the police arrived.
It does not matter whether they were having sex or not as they were charged by the pooleease for having sex.

The evident lies and over charging by the cops is the salient fact that undid sodomy laws, not the fact that the two plaintiffs were apparently not sex partners.

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Xstain Mullah Franchisee wrote:
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It does not matter whether they were having sex or not as they were charged by the pooleease for having sex.
The evident lies and over charging by the cops is the salient fact that undid sodomy laws, not the fact that the two plaintiffs were apparently not sex partners.
Absolutely! In fact, trumped-up charges of sodomy only make the existence of the laws more suspect. Of course, the police could have just used the usual disorderly conduct charge. They can always get away with that.

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