PEEPING BOWERS CASE

PEEPING BOWERS CASE
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  • Once upon a time, there was a man named Michael Hardwick. Hardwick had a boyfriend, not a girlfriend, and in Georgia, where he lived, some people didn't like that. 
  • MAKE YOUR HOUSE OUT OF STICKS, NOT STRAW NEXT TIME!
  • HARDWICK, HARDWICK, LET ME INVADE YOUR PRIVACY!
  • The police went to arrest Hardwick, for money they thought he owed, and saw him with his boyfriend in his house. They put him in jail and told him he should have been in a house that was harder to get into. Hardwick challenged the court.
  • HARDWICK, HARDWICK, CAUGHT AGAIN! 
  • MAKE YOUR HOUSE OUT OF BRICK, NOT STICKS NEXT TIME!
  • Hardwick's case was dismissed without trial by his district court, he won in the court of appeals on the grounds of invasion of privacy, and took his case to the Supreme Court.
  • The court debated whether the Constitution allowed a man to be with another man, even if the state considered it illegal. In the end, they sided with Georgia because there was nothing in the Constitution that addressed the situation, so it was the state's right to choose.
  • Even though they were Constitutionally in the wrong, Hardwick and his boyfriend believed they were in the right, and lived together in a brick house, happily ever after.
  • He can't see us anymore.
  • It was a long time that the big bad police officer could arrest you for virtually nothing. But not anymore! Now it really is a happy ending.
  • This was a huge case for the LGBT+ community. 
  • A similar case was brought to court in 2003, and the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the couple
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