Gay rights returns to the Supreme Court's agenda Friday at the justices' first private conference of the new year. If the justices grant review, the gay adoption case will give the Court its first chance to comment on the scope of its 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling, which announced due process and privacy rights for homosexuals. The 11th Circuit narrowly applied Lawrence in 2004, when it upheld a Florida law excluding gay people from eligibility as adoptive parents.
Gay Adoption Case May Evoke Supreme Court's 'Lawrence' Decision
January 5, 2005