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Firm Scores Supreme Court Victory for Gay Rights in Lawrence v. Texas

To recognize “Gay Pride Month,” we highlight one case that many recognize as among the most important civil rights matters for the lesbian, gay and transgender community in a generation. In Lawrence v. Texas,  Partner Paul Smith, working with the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, challenged the state of Texas’ anti-sodomy laws.  When the Supreme Court struck down the statute on this day in 2003, it effectively invalidated anti-sodomy  laws throughout the nation.  Two gay men arrested after police walked in on them having sex "are entitled to respect for their private lives," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote. "The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime."

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