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John Lawrence, Who Got the Anti-Sodomy Law Tossed Out, Dies

RIP John Lawrence.
RIP John Lawrence.

The man who got the Supreme Court to toss out Texas's anti-sodomy law died last month, and the news came out over the holidays.

In a way it's not surprising that John Lawrence's death flew under the radar -- the man who helped grab headlines and shattered old laws about gays was a determinedly private person who didn't seek the limelight.

He died of a heart condition November 20, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The other man who got caught by police engaging in anal sex, Tyrone Garner, died of meningitis five years ago.

Awhile back we talked to the cop who made the arrest that led to history; it's interesting to think what would have happened if charges were not filed.


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