and Events Planned Nationwide on Day of U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Lambda
Legal’s Historic Case Against Texas Sodomy Law
Supreme Court Ruling in Landmark Case Expected in June
Legal Defense & Education Fund, June 4, 2003
120 Wall Street, Suite 1500 New York, NY 10005
Eric Ferrero, Communications Director
Office: 212-809-8585, ext. 227; Pager: 888-987-1984
NEW YORK—With the U.S. Supreme
Court expected to issue its ruling in Lambda Legal’s case challenging
Texas’s “Homosexual Conduct” law as early as Monday, local events around
the nation are being planned for the day the decision is announced.
LGBT groups are planning celebrations or protest rallies
for the afternoon and evening of the decision, depending on the court’s
ruling. Lambda Legal is working closely with community activists to coordinate
these events and disseminate up-to- the-minute information on the case and the
decision. A ruling could be announced June 9, June 16 or June 23. The court
may also add possible decision days later this month.
Lambda Legal asked the court to strike down the Texas
sodomy law for two reasons – first, that it is an unconstitutional invasion
of privacy; and second, that by singling out gay people, it violates the
Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. A victory on
either or both claims will affect all 13 remaining sodomy laws in the nation
and will be a powerful tool for securing equality for lesbians and gay men in
all 50 states, according to Lambda Legal, which is lead counsel in the case.
Following is a partial listing of events planned for the
day of a decision in the case:
Rally in West Hollywood on the day of the decision, at the corner of Santa
Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevards. (Local organizer contact: Ryan
Gierach 323-650-2879 or 213-804-2785)
Rally in Atlanta at 6 p.m. on the day of the decision, at 10th and Piedmont
(Local organizer contact: Asha Leong, Lambda Legal, 404-897-1880)
Rally in Chicago at 7 p.m. on the day of the decision, at the corner of
Halstead and Roscoe.
(Local organizer contact: Chicago Anti-Bashing Network 773-878-3697)
Informational meeting in Columbia at 7 p.m. on the day of the decision, at the
Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 1108 Woodrow
(Local organizer contact: SC Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement, 803-771-7713)
Meeting in Charleston at 7 p.m. on the day of the
decision, at the offices of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, 1818 Elsie
(Local organizer contact: AFFA and the Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance)
Rally in Dallas at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the decision, at the Gay Community
(Local organizer contact: Lee Taft or Roger Wedell, Lambda Legal,
Press conference in Richmond at 3 p.m. on the day of the decision, at the Bell
Tower at the Capitol in Richmond.
(Local organizer contact: Dyana Mason, Equality Virginia, 804-643-4816)
Rally at 7 p.m. on the day of the decision, at DuPont Circle Park.
(Local organizer contact : Jennifer Chapin Harris, Queers For Racial and
Economic Justice, 301-277-1854)
In addition, Lambda Legal is working with community
leaders planning events in St. Louis, Houston, Austin and other communities.
Organizations that want to plan additional events can
contact Theresa Jefferson at Lambda Legal (212-809-8585) to receive
information packets, flyer templates and other materials. Full background on
Lambda Legal’s case challenging the Texas law is online at a special web
resource center, www.LambdaLegal.org/MakingHistory.
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