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LGBT U.S. History - Lawrence v Texas: Decriminalizing "Homosexuality"

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Lawrence v Texas: Decriminalizing “Homosexuality” reveals how the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the United States Constitution can influence and inform society’s understanding of morality and equality.

In “Lawrence v Texas: Decriminalizing Homosexuality,” students will explore how the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decisions influence society’s ideas of morality and fundamental rights through a comprehensive and academic inquiry process. Janson Wu’s case study interview will provide a launching point for students as they explore facts of the Lawrence v Texas SCOTUS case, the question to the court and the impact the Lawrence v Texas decision has had on expanding interpretations of the 14th Amendment.

An integral component of “Lawrence v Texas: Decriminalizing Homosexuality” is providing students with the opportunity to engage in academic discourse about the complexities of interpreting the U.S. Constitution and its implications on society’s understandings of morality and fundamental rights. This unit challenges students intellectually and provides conscious-raising in a communicative enquiry process.

Students will be able to:
1. Make connections between this unit and the influence of the Supreme Court on society’s ideas about morality and equality
2. Students will be able to defend their position on the case study through oral discussions and writing using knowledge of the judicial system
3. Students will be able to integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information in order to answer the case study essential question and discussion questions
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