Ed Team

The evolution of gay rights

Filed By Ed Team | July 15, 2008 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: gay rights, Lawrence v Texas, Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court, US Supreme Court

"The pull of precedent is powerful but scarcely all-powerful when a shift of personnel or perspective breaks the spell, allowing the forces of change to exert their counterpull. The road from Bowers v. Hardwick, the 1986 decision that dismissed a claim of gay rights as "at best, facetious," to Lawrence v. Texas, which 17 years later located the privacy rights of gay men and lesbians at the heart of constitutional due process, was paved, I have no doubt, by the justices' experience of knowing gay men and women in their personal and professional lives."

-- Linda Greenhouse, who is retiring from The Times after three decades covering the Supreme Court. Reader Barret suggested this clip from one of her recent articles saying:

Hey Bil et al,

Just saw an article in the NYTimes about Linda Greenhouse, a reporter covering the Supreme Court. She has a very cool paragraph in there about the evolution of gay rights and how it occurs. Thanks for putting on such a great site!

Thanks for being such a cool Projector, Barret.

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