Ted Cruz says Texas should repeal its dormant ban on gay sex

Ted Cruz says Texas should repeal its dormant ban on gay sex

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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July 28, 2022

In the wake of implicit threats to LGBT rights, the Supreme Court’s U.S. Senator Ted Cruz told The Dallas Morning News that Texas should repeal its now-dormant law that criminalizes gay sex.

“Consenting adults should be able to do what they wish in their private sexual activity, and government has no business in their bedrooms,” Cruz’s spokesman told The Dallas Morning News.

The 1973 Texas sodomy law that bans “homosexual conduct” has been unenforceable since the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in 2003, but remains on the lawbooks despite Democrats’ repeated efforts to repeal it.

Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas’ comments following the overturn of Roe v. Wade brought the long-defunct law back into the headlines. Like the 1973 abortion law, Lawrence v. Texas – the sodomy case – was decided based on the idea of a constitutional right to privacy.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has repeatedly emphasized his opposition to the 2015 landmark ruling that legalized gay marriage on the grounds that states, not the enacting of a federal standard, should govern gay marriage policy. However, his recent remarks suggest that criminalizing consensual gay sex goes too far. They make him the most prominent Texas Republican to call for the repeal of one of the state’s longstanding anti-LGBT laws.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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