We are hosting an on Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, two partisan-gerrymandering cases the court will hear next month. Court rules narrowly for baker in same-sex-wedding-cake case [Updated] Posted Mon, June 4th, 4: This post was updated at 2: This was one of the most anticipated decisions of the term, and it was relatively narrow:
Background[ edit ] Legal punishments for sodomy often included heavy fines, prison sentences, or both, with some states, beginning with Illinois in , denying other rights, such as suffrage , to anyone convicted of the crime of sodomy. As late as , Connecticut denied a driver's license to a man for being an "admitted homosexual". Connecticut , the Supreme Court struck down a law barring the use of contraceptives by married couples. In Griswold, the Supreme Court recognized for the first time that couples, at least married couples, had a right to privacy,  drawing on the Fourth Amendment 's protection of private homes from searches and seizures without a warrant based on probable cause, the Fourteenth Amendment 's guarantee of due process of law in the states, and the Ninth Amendment 's assurance that rights not specified in the Constitution are "retained by the people". Baird expanded the scope of sexual privacy rights to unmarried persons. Hardwick , the Supreme Court heard a constitutional challenge to sodomy laws brought by a man who had been arrested, but was not prosecuted, for engaging in oral sex with another man in his home.