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Im better then you
2012 UP Football Champ
Fri Jun 26 14:28:48
Arrest of Lawrence and Garner
On September 17, 1998, John Geddes Lawrence Jr., a gay 55-year-old medical technologist, was hosting two gay acquaintances, Tyron Garner age 31, and Robert Eubanks, 40, at his apartment in northeast Harris County, east of the Houston city limits. Lawrence and Eubanks had been friends for more than 20 years. Garner and Eubanks had a tempestuous on-again off-again romantic relationship since 1990. Lacking transportation home, the couple were preparing to spend the night. Eubanks, who had been drinking heavily, left to purchase a soda from a nearby vending machine. Apparently outraged that Lawrence had been flirting with Garner, he called police and reported "a black male going crazy with a gun" at Lawrence's apartment.

Four Harris County sheriff's deputies responded within minutes and Eubanks pointed them to the apartment. They entered the unlocked apartment toward 11 p.m. with their weapons drawn. In accordance with police procedures, the first to arrive, Joseph Quinn, took the lead both in approaching the scene and later in determining what charges to bring. He later reported seeing Lawrence and Garner having anal sex in the bedroom. A second officer reported seeing them engaged in oral sex, and two others did not report seeing the pair having sex. Lawrence repeatedly challenged the police for entering his home. Quinn had discretionary authority to charge them for a variety of offenses and to determine whether to arrest them. When Quinn considered charging them with having sex in violation of state law, he had to get an Assistant District Attorney to check the statutes to be certain they covered sexual activity inside a residence. He was told that Texas' anti-sodomy statute, the "Homosexual Conduct" law, made it a Class C misdemeanor if someone "engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex". The Texas Penal Code, had been adopted in 1973 when the state revised its criminal code to end its proscription on heterosexual anal and oral intercourse.

Quinn decided to arrest Lawrence and Garner and charge them with having "deviate sex". In the separate arrest reports he filed for each, he wrote that he had seen the arrestee "engaged in deviate sexual conduct namely, anal sex, with another man". Lawrence and Garner were held in jail overnight. At a hearing the next day, they pleaded not guilty to a charge of "homosexual conduct". They were released toward midnight. Eubanks pleaded no contest to charges of filing a false police report. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail but was released early

On June 26, 2003, the Supreme Court issued a 6–3 decision in favor of Lawrence that struck down Texas's statute. Five justices held it violated the Due Process Clause, while a sixth, Sandra Day O'Connor, held it violated the Equal Protection Clause.

John Lawrence died of a heart ailment in 2011, aged 68.
Tyron Garner died of meningitis in 2006, aged 39.
Robert Eubanks was beaten to death in 2000, in a case that was never solved.
Habebe
Member
Fri Jun 26 14:36:02
Whats the point of posting this almost a decade after the last one died?
Im better then you
2012 UP Football Champ
Fri Jun 26 14:42:03
Its the anniversary of their case and reminder that that all three are died prematurely because USA does not treat minorities fairly.
Rugian
Member
Fri Jun 26 14:46:12
"and reminder that that all three are died prematurely because USA does not treat minorities fairly."

"Does not" implies present tense. Do you have a case from this century to back up your assertion?
Im better then you
2012 UP Football Champ
Fri Jun 26 15:01:30
It is insane that anal sex was legalized in 2003 in a Supreme Court Case.

These fucked up laws created by prudes and perverts pretending to be prudes create a toxic culture that promotes violence and poor health.
Habebe
Member
Fri Jun 26 15:05:22
Well, Tbh I dont like the Idea of big brother poking there nose into adults bedrooms. But IDK if it promoted violence. It was definitley government over reach.

We still have a war on drugs that has now spread to them.poking there noses into my doctors office.
Jebbebiah Wilkins
Member
Fri Jun 26 15:15:08
Gay lifes matter!
Rugian
Member
Fri Jun 26 15:25:53
Ibty

Western civilization has found anal sex to be a taboo act for well over 1,500 years. I dont know why you think opponents of its legalization were doing anything innovative in not being tolerant of it.
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