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Group Hopes Texas Sodomy Case Heard

Associated Press, July 16, 2002

HOUSTON—A gay rights group took its case against Texas’ 123-year-old anti-sodomy law to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Lambda Legal filed its appeal on behalf of two men who were arrested in 1998 after sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of an intruder entered an apartment through an open door and spotted them having sex.

The men pleaded no contest and were fined $200 each.

Only Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma expressly prohibit homosexual acts. Texas’ law carries a fine of up to $500.

"This law harms all people who believe that their homes should be protected from governmental intrusion," said Lee Taft, director of Lambda Legal’s regional office. "In particular, it brands lesbian and gay Texans as second-class citizens and is used to justify all kinds of discrimination." A state appeals court upheld the law, and Texas’ highest court refused to hear the case.

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