Lawrence v. Texas (2003)539 U.S. 558 | Rehnquist Court

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The Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that criminalized sexual acts between same-sex couples. The Court reasoned that the law violated the Due Process Clause, which protects the right of two consenting adults to engage in sexual conduct, according to Kennedy. The Court reversed its 1986 decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, which originally outlawed sodomy.