Image of a draft version of Harry Blackmun's dissent in Bowers v. Hardwick.

Bowers v. Hardwick 1986

In Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution does not protect the right of gay adults to engage in private, consensual sodomy. The case began in August 1982, when Atlanta police arrived at the residence of Michael Hardwick to arrest him for failing to appear in court on charges of public drinking.

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