Family policy: Issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families

This comprehensive report provides detailed information to state legislators, legislative staff, family policy advocates, activists and others interested in how public policies affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families.

Sodomy laws ruled unconstitutional

Archaic Sex Laws

The U.S. government has a long history of interference with the intimate lives of its citizens, be it in the form of limiting access to contraception or banning interracial marriages. Sodomy laws, or archaic sex laws that criminalized private, same-sex intimacy between consenting adults, were a real threat to same-sex couple families. On June 26, 2003, however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all sodomy laws were unconstitutional in its historic Lawrence v. Texas decision, which also had an impact on the burgeoning same-sex marriage debate.


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