The Supreme Court evolves its interpretation of the 14th Amendment in the 2003 Lawrence v Texas case and decriminalizes “homosexuality.” This monumental case paved the way for marriage equality. Paul Smith was the lead attorney for the plaintiffs. This LGBT history inquiry unit contains an exclusive interview with Paul Smith.
In “Paul Smith: Lawrence v Texas,” students will explore how and why the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) evolves its interpretation of the Constitution and how this influences society’s perceptions of morality and equality.
Students will be able to:
1. Make connections between “Paul Smith: The Supreme Court & 14th Amendment” and the influence of the Supreme Court on society’s ideas about morality and equality
2. Defend their position on the case study through oral discussions and writing using knowledge of the judicial process
3. Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information in order to answer the case study essential question and discussion questions