LGBT/Lawrence v. Texas
Representing the LGBT Community Throughout Texas
The attorneys of Katine Nechman McLaurin in Houston, Texas are ready to represent you on LGBT-related legal issues. Both Mitchell Katine and John Nechman are proven local and national leaders in the fight for LGBT equality, and our firm firmly believes that LGBT rights are not optional.
"As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom."
Justice Anthony Kennedy
Lawrence v. Texas
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Lawrence v. Texas - Protecting LGBT Rights
In the seminal case of Lawrence v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court declared Texas' "homosexual conduct" law unconstitutional, granting gay and lesbian couples the same fundamental right to private sexual intimacy as heterosexual couples.
The case involves the arrests and convictions of John Lawrence and Tyron Garner for violating the sodomy law in Texas, which punished adults of the same sex who engaged in consensual oral or anal sex. The same conduct was legal if between two adults of the opposite sex. The conduct was only punishable between homosexuals. This conviction could have forced both men to register as sex offenders in numerous states. Mitchell Katine represented Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Garner throughout the entirety of the case as local counsel and as a cooperating lawyer with Lambda Legal.
I believe had I not found Mitchell Katine, legal history would not be what it is today. I am happy to call Mitchell and John Nechman my friends, and I am proud to have Katine Nechman McLaurin LLP as my law firm.
- John Geddes Lawrence
A Firm at the Forefront of LGBT Immigration Issues
Attorney John Nechman is a former chair of New York-based Immigration Equality, the nation's premier organization dedicated to achieving equality in America's immigration laws for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. Katine Nechman McLaurin is at the forefront of efforts to achieve immigration equality for all as well as preparing complex HIV waivers and asylum cases for those seeking protection in the United States from persecution in their home countries.
Representation for All Your Legal Concerns
The attorneys of Katine Nechman McLaurin are capable of handling complex constitutional issues as well as common issues faced by the LGBT community, including the following:
- Criminal law
- Same-sex/second-parent adoption
- Estate planning
- Protecting your relationships
- Property/real estate/financial issues
To learn more about protecting your rights as a member of the LGBT community, contact an attorney at Katine Nechman McLaurin for a consultation. Visit our resource page to find links to other important LGBT legal sites.
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