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Bowers v. Hardwick - Significance, Powell's Swing Vote Changes The Outcome, Domestic Partnership Laws, Further Readings

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Appellant

Michael J. Bowers, Attorney General of Georgia

Appellee

Michael Hardwick

Appellant's Claim

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

Laurence Tribe

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)

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

30 June 1986

Decision

The Supreme Court upheld the Georgia law, reasoning that there is no fundamental right granted to homosexuals to engage in consensual sodomy.

Related Cases

  • Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965).
  • Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).

Sources

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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