State Laws and Legislation

Tennessee Sodomy Law

Texas’ sodomy law was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2003, as a result of the Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas, No. 02-102 (U.S. June 26, 2003). Texas' sodomy statute applied only to same-sex conduct. The offense was considered a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine. Tex. Penal Code § 21.06 (2002). On March 26, 2003, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a successful challenge to this law brought by Lambda Legal. A decision in the case, Lawrence v. State, was announced June 26, 2003.


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