Bowers v. Hardwick
Significance, Powell's Swing Vote Changes The Outcome, Domestic Partnership Laws, Further Readings
Michael J. Bowers, Attorney General of Georgia
That a state statute making sodomy a criminal offense does not violate the constitutionally protected right to privacy.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Michael E. Hobs
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Justices for the Court
Warren E. Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
30 June 1986
The Supreme Court upheld the Georgia law, reasoning that there is no fundamental right granted to homosexuals to engage in consensual sodomy.
- Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965).
- Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).
Model Domestic Partnership, http://www.aclu.org/issues/gay/dpmodel.html.
The National Journal of Sexual Orientation Law, http://sunsite.unc.edu/gaylaw/issue1/becker.html. New York Times, 1 August 1993.
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