Court Case Number 15: Bowers v. Hardwick (June 30, 1986)

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Court Case Number 15: Bowers v. Hardwick (June 30, 1986)         In August of 1982, Michael Hardwick was charged with violating the Georgia statute criminalizing sodomy by committing that act with another adult male in the bedroom of Hardwick's home. Hardwick then brought suit in the Federal District Court, therefore challenging the constitutionality of the statute as it criminalized sodomy. Hardwick asserted that he was a practicing homosexual, that the Georgia statute, as administered by the defendants, placed him in …

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…Georgia statute, they both state in similar contexts that homosexuals and heterosexuals are treated both equally and that as long as the Bill of Rights states that sodomy is a criminal offense at common law and the Georgia statute reiterates the theme that all sodomy; whether committed by a heterosexual or homosexual couple, is immoral and unacceptable, my opinion shall stand against the final decision made by Justice John Paul Stevens, Justices' Brennan, and Marshall.