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Lawrence v. Texas: John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner, Petitioners, v. State of Texas, Respondent

The Supreme Court of the United States, No. 02-102, 01/16/03

On Writ of Certiorari To the Court of Appeals of Texas, Fourteenth District, Brief Amici Curiae of Mary Robinson, Amnesty International U.S.A., Human Rights Watch, Interights, The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights in Support of Petitioners

    This brief answers the questions: "Whether Petitioners’ criminal convictions under the Texas “Homosexual Conduct” law, which criminalizes adult, consensual same-sex intimate behavior, but not identical behavior by different-sex couples – violate the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection of the laws? Whether Petitioners’ 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? Whether Bowers v. Hardwick , 478 U.S. 186 (1986), should be overruled?"

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