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Texas A&M University School of Law

Civil Rights and Discrimination

1998

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Coming Out: Decision-Making In State And Federal Sodomy Cases, Susan Ayres Jan 1998

Coming Out: Decision-Making In State And Federal Sodomy Cases, Susan Ayres

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In 1791, American states were enacting laws against sodomy at the same time they ratified the Bill of Rights, the first ten constitutional amendments meant to safeguard fundamental rights of individuals in a free society. In a March 1789 letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson asserted that a bill of rights was necessary to give the judiciary the power to protect such individual rights. Ironically, that which the judiciary gives, it may also take away, since "[t]he legislator is a writer. And the judge a reader."

This Article deconstructs recent sodomy cases in order to challenge judicial adoption or ...