Lawrence V. Texas 539 Case Study

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Lawrence v. Texas 539 U.S. 558 (2003) FACTS: The Police of Harris County was informed of a weapons disturbance in a private residency. The officers found two individuals of the same sex engaging in sexual, (sodomy), behavior. However, the way the police officers enter the premises, was not at all questioned. In this event, both of the subjects were arrested, charged as well as convicted. The Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction under the Equal Protection and Due Process Clause after rejecting their constitutional arguments. ISSUE Do adults have the right to practice consented sexual acts, in this case sodomy, within the privacy of their home? HOLDING YES: Under the Due Process Clause, adults have the right to participate in sodomy
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