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Bowers v. Hardwick

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Constitutional Law Keyed to Stone

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Citation. 478 U.S. 186, 106 S. Ct. 2841, 92 L. Ed. 2d 140 (1986)

Brief Fact Summary. Respondent was convicted under Georgia’s anti-sodomy statute for engaging in a sex act with another male.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. There is no fundamental constitutional right to engage in homosexual sodomy.


Facts. Georgia’s sodomy statute made it a crime to commit any sexual act involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another. Respondent, an adult male, was convicted under the statute for committing a sex act with another male. Respondent was in his own bedroom at the time he committed the offense.

Issue. Does the United States Constitution confer a right of privacy that extends to homosexual sodomy?
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