Gays protest the Supreme Court’s Bowers v. Hardwick decision in 1986, which ruled there was no constitutionally-protected right to engage in homosexual sex via reddit

Gays protest the Supreme Court’s Bowers v. Hardwick decision in which ruled there was no constitutionally-protected right to engage in homosexual sex

Rep. Gauthier of Duluth, MN is being pressured by his party to step down and not seek reelection after he was caught having sex with a 17 year old male he met on Craigslist.  The age of consent in Minnesota is 16, so while creepy, this isn't illegal folks. We have got to GET OUT of the bedrooms of private citizens engaged in lawful behavior! Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986)  was purportedly decided in a different time, but it doesn't seem as if we have come very far.

Rep. Gauthier of Duluth, MN is being pressured by his party to step down and not seek reelection after he was caught having sex with a 17 year old male he met on Craigslist. The age of consent in Minnesota is 16, so while creepy, this isn't illegal folks. We have got to GET OUT of the bedrooms of private citizens engaged in lawful behavior! Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986) was purportedly decided in a different time, but it doesn't seem as if we have come very far.

"OUR LOVE IS NOT A CRIME," demonstrators protest the United States Supreme Court's decision in Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), which upheld as constitutional state laws criminalizing sodomy, c. July 1986. Photo by Chuck Nacke, © Alamy.

“OUR LOVE IS NOT A CRIME,” demonstrators protest the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bowers v. Hardwick which upheld as constitutional state laws criminalizing sodomy, c. July Photo by Chuck Nacke, © Alamy.

Image of a draft version of Harry Blackmun's dissent in Bowers v. Hardwick.

Image of a draft version of Harry Blackmun's dissent in Bowers v.

“DECIDE SEXUAL POSITIONS IN THE BEDROOM NOT IN THE COURTROOM,” demonstrators protest Bowers v. Hardwick (which upheld as constitutional state anti-sodomy laws) during events surrounding the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., October 13, 1987. Photo by Susan Steinkamp, © Corbis

“DECIDE SEXUAL POSITIONS IN THE BEDROOM NOT IN THE COURTROOM,” demonstrators protest Bowers v. Hardwick (which upheld as constitutional state anti-sodomy laws) during events surrounding the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., October 13, 1987. Photo by Susan Steinkamp, © Corbis

Former SUPREME COURT JUSTICE LEWIS POWELL  proclaimed that he made a mistake in voting to uphold Georgia's sodomy law in the landmark BOWERS v. HARDWICK case. Powell stated that he had voted the wrong way in his decision to declare that the Constitution doesn't protect rights to privacy for individuals engaging in sexual acts with members of the same sex.  ~ PHOTO:  Retired Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, Jr., October 18, 1990.

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“Not tonight, dear … it’s a felony” pinback, c. 1990. With the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), anti-sodomy statutes, which often criminalized specifically homosexual activity, remained constitutional until Lawrence v. Texas overturned Bowers in 2003.

“Not tonight, dear … it’s a felony” pinback, c. With the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bowers v. Hardwick anti-sodomy statutes, which often criminalized specifically homosexual activity, remained constitutional until Lawrence v. Texas overturned Bowers in

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