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5.3: Inequality Based on Sexual Orientation

  • Page ID
    14525
  • Learning Objectives

    1. Understand the behavioral, psychological, and health effects of bullying and other mistreatment of the LGBT community.
    2. Evaluate the arguments for and against same-sex marriage.
    3. Provide three examples of heterosexual privilege.

    Until just a decade ago, individuals who engaged in consensual same-sex relations could be arrested in many states for violating so-called sodomy laws. The US Supreme Court, which had upheld such laws in 1986, finally outlawed them in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 US 558, by a 6–3 vote. The majority opinion of the court declared that individuals have a constitutional right under the Fourteenth Amendment to engage in consensual, private sexual activity.

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    Until the Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas ruling just a decade ago, individuals who engaged in consensual same-sex relations could be arrested in many states.

    philippe leroyer – Kiss In (08) – CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.