Lawrence v. Texas: Extreme Truth
The 2003 Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas, striking down all remaining state sodomy laws, changed the legal landscape for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in America forever. In his stirring opinion Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, "The petitioners are entitled to respect for their private lives. The State cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime." With these words, centuries of legal discrimination that damaged and sometimes destroyed the lives of LGB people crumbled.