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  • (OBIT) Defendant in landmark sodomy ruling was not motivated by politics (Lawrence v. Texas case)

    09/14/2006 8:53:47 AM PDT · by weegee · 55 replies · 1,190+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 14, 2006, 12:05AM | By ZEKE MINAYA
    1967 TYRONE GARNER 2006 Defendant in landmark sodomy ruling was not motivated by politics The key civil liberties victory for gays was 'fight against all odds' Tyrone Garner, whose arrest in violation of Texas sodomy laws led to a challenge before the Supreme Court and an eventual victory that struck down such statutes across the country, died after a lengthy illness, friends said Wednesday. He was 39. Garner, who died Monday of meningitis in a Houston-area hospital, was openly gay but not politically active when he chose to fight his arrest in court, said his lawyer, Mitchell Katine. "He was...