A 6-3 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a same-sex sodomy law and, in so doing, took the rare step of sweeping aside a recent precedent: its controversial Bowers v. Hardwick decision. The Court's grounding of its Lawrence v. Texas ruling in the 14th Amendment's due process clause -- rather than only the amendment's equal protection provision -- came as a surprise to some analysts. The result is a more forceful opinion that could have broader implications.
U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Banning Gay Sex
June 27, 2003