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  • Man Involved In Landmark Gay Rights Case Dies

    09/14/2006 7:56:42 AM PDT · by Borges · 62 replies · 1,703+ views
    Click2Houston ^ | 9/14/06
    HOUSTON -- Tyron Garner, one of two men whose 1998 arrests led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on sodomy, has died, according to a spokesman for the legal firm that represented him. Garner, 39, died early Monday at a Houston hospital, said Mark Roy, a spokesman for Lambda Legal in New York City. Garner had been suffering from meningitis and had been in his brother's care for the past six months. "Over the last few months, he lost the use of his legs from meningitis," Roy told The Associated Press. Garner and John Lawrence were...
  • (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...
  • Frist Wants Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

    06/29/2003 5:51:41 PM PDT · by mrobison · 427 replies · 524+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | June 29, 2003
    By WILLIAM C. MANN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The Senate majority leader said Sunday he supported a proposed constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage in the United States. † Sen. Bill Frist (news, bio, voting record), R-Tenn., said the Supreme Court's decision last week on gay sex threatens to make the American home a place where criminality is condoned. The court on Thursday threw out a Texas law that prohibited acts of sodomy between homosexuals in a private home, saying that such a prohibition violates the defendants' privacy rights under the Constitution. The ruling invalidated the Texas law and...