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Constitutional Law Keyed to Stone
Lawrence v. Texas
Citation:539 U.S. 558 (2003)
A Texas statute criminalized engaging in “deviate sexual intercourse with” someone of the same sex. It defined deviate sexual intercourse as contact between the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of the other person, or genital or anal penetration of another person with an object.
Two police officers in Houston responded to a reported disturbance, and entered an apartment where the petitioners were engaging in a sexual act. The petitioners were both arrested and charged with and convicted of violating the statute.
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