Unformatted text preview: central holding of Bowers demeaned the lives of homosexual persons. Petitioners were adults at the time of the alleged offense. Their conduct was in private and consensual. Petitioners were entitled to respect for their private lives. The State could not demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime. The Court also noted that the reasoning and holding of Bowers had been rejected in other nations, and there was no showing that the United States' governmental interest was more legitimate or urgent. OUTCOME: The judgment of the state appellate court was reversed and remanded....
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- Spring '10
- Supreme Court of the United States, Bowers, state appellate court