A second officer reported seeing them engaged in oral sex, and two others did not report seeing the pair having sex.
Lawrence repeatedly challenged the police for entering his home.
Lawrence explicitly overruled Bowers, holding that it had viewed the liberty interest too narrowly.
The Court struck down the sodomy law in Texas in a 6–3 decision and, by extension, invalidated sodomy laws in 13 other states, making same-sex sexual activity legal in every U. Hardwick, where it upheld a challenged Georgia statute and did not find a constitutional protection of sexual privacy.
Justice Byron White's majority opinion emphasized that Eisenstadt and Roe had only recognized a right to engage in procreative sexual activity, and that long-standing moral antipathy toward homosexual sodomy was enough to argue against the notion of a right to sodomy.
Justice Blackmun, writing in dissent, argued that Eisenstadt held that the Constitution protects people as individuals, not as family units.
He was told that Texas' anti-sodomy statute, the "Homosexual Conduct" law, made it a Class C misdemeanor if someone "engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex".
Four Harris County sheriff's deputies responded within minutes and Eubanks pointed them to the apartment. He later reported seeing Lawrence and Garner having anal sex in the bedroom. Lawrence invalidated similar laws throughout the United States that criminalized sodomy between consenting adults acting in private, whatever the sex of the participants. The Court held that intimate consensual sexual conduct was part of the liberty protected by substantive due process under the 14th Amendment.In the separate arrest reports he filed for each, he wrote that he had seen the arrestee "engaged in deviate sexual conduct namely, anal sex, with another man".On November 20, Lawrence and Garner pleaded no contest to the charges and waived their right to a trial.