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Lambda Praises Gay Rights Ruling

Thursday, 26 June 2003 12:00 AM

"Today the U.S. Supreme Court closed the door on an era of intolerance and ushered in a new era of respect and equal treatment for gay Americans," said Ruth Harlow, legal director for the lesbian and gay civil rights group.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' law against homosexual sodomy, which criminalized oral and anal sex by consenting gay couples.

Lambda represented John Lawrence and Tyron Garner, who were arrested in Lawrence's Houston home and jailed overnight after officers responding to a false report from an acquaintance found the men engaged in private, consensual sex.

Once convicted, they were forced to pay fines and are now considered sex offenders in several states. In addition to Texas, 12 states have consensual sodomy laws, some of which apply to straight and gay adults alike.

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