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Lawrence v. Texas
Citation:539 U.S. 558, 123 S.Ct. 2473, 156 L.Ed.2d 508.
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In Houston, Texas, officers of the Harris County Police Department were dispatched to a private residence in response to a reported weapons disturbance. They entered an apartment where one of the petitioners, John Geddes Lawrence, resided. The officers observed Lawrence and another man, Tyron Garner, engaging in a sexual act. The two petitioners were arrested, held in custody over night, and charged and convicted of violating Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 21.06(a), which prohibited sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex.
Lawrence and Garner appealed.
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