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Texas mo-down

Usually with ground-breaking, taboo-creating landmark court cases in America, we expect to find one individual up against the majority, one figure challenging the accepted 'right', for example, Rosa Parks vs. Montgomery, USA, who was prosecuted for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger in Fifties America. But what about a state within America itself which stubbornly refuses to accept the will of the majority, even if that will is consecrated within the law of the United States?

The state of Texas currently contains law statutes which still permit the penalising and fining of individuals who engage in sexual intercourse with people of the same sex, we learn from Yahoo News. Despite some American states now accepting gay marriage and even supporting adoption by gay couples, Texas still maintains its unconstitutional stance:

'The law states that it is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine for people to engage in 'deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex.' In the landmark case of Lawrence v Texas, the Supreme Court found the anti-sodomy statute to be unconstitutional, mainly due to the equal protection clause as the law did not apply to different sex couples as well as the right to privacy.'

'As late as 2009, a gay couple was booted out of an El Paso restaurant allegedly for publicly kissing, with the unconstitutional law being cited by the police. Thus the argument for expunging the law has some validity.'

Maybe it does take stars such as Lady Gaga to make political, pro-LGBT statements whilst wearing outlandish outfits but then again, if the rest of America has declared this law technically illegal, Texas really hasn't got a cheese steak leg to stand on.

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