The Expansion of Privacy:
The Lawrence and Garner Sodomy Cases
Wednesday July 23, 2003
Contact: Verna Avery-Brown
Washington Bureau Chief
(202) 588-0988 x 349
(July 22, 2003) - In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down
the legal ban on gay sex, Pacifica Radio Network is airing a 2-hour live
national special on the case of John Geddes Lawrence and Tyrone Garner v. Texas.
The program will pose the question: What Does It Mean
In the Real World and
will seek to answer that through conversations with people ranging from legal
analysts to activists to anarchists. Well explore the broader legal, social
and political implications of this decision. Does this mean wedding bells are
in the future for same sex couples ? How will this ruling affect straight
people? Does it also mean John Does privacy is now protected if he wants
to pay a prostitute ? Will this have a bearing on a womans right to the
privacy of her body if she chooses to have an abortion ? Join us as we explore
the new terrain resulting from this surprising Supreme Court ruling.
This broadcast will begin at Pacifica station KPFT in Houston, Texas where the
original charges were brought against two consenting adult males in a same sex
relationship and will include segments from all five Pacifica stations ( KPFA
in Berkeley, KPFK in Los Angeles, WBAI in New York and WPFW in Washington). Pokey
Anderson, co-founder of the Houston Gay and Lesbian political caucus and host
of the award winning show Breakthrough on KPFT will host the special.
Scheduled guests will include Laurence Tribe, Professor of Constitutional Law
at Harvard, Ray Hill co-founder of Houstons first gay/lesbian organization
Promethean Society and host of the popular Prison Show on KPFT; Attorney
Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Syndicated
columnist Deb Price whos co-author of Courting Justice:Gay Men and
Lesbians v. the Supreme Court ; Martin Ornelas Quintero, Executive Director
of LLEGO ( The National Latina/o Lesbian , Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organization)
and Mandy Carter of Southerners on New Ground.
Pacifica programmers, will draw upon their own personal experiences as gay and
lesbian activists and social critics, as well as relying on the networks
vast tapes archives for historical documentation of the movement for gay and lesbian
rights in this country. The public is invited to weigh in on the discussion during
the live call-in segment of the second hour by calling (713) 526-5738.The 2-hour
special will air at 4pm eastern time, 3pm central and 1pm pacific time.