American Psychological Association, Brief for Amici Curiae, Lawrence v. Texas (January 2003)

Brief of the American Psychological Association in support of the claimants in the case Lawrence v. Texas to decriminalise same-sex activity between consenting adults in private across the United States

This amicus curiae brief was submitted in the case of Lawrence v Texas in which the US Supreme Court struck down laws criminalising homosexuality in the state of Texas as unconstitutional. The brief emphasises that research and clinical experience demonstrates that homosexuality is a normal form of human sexuality. In the opinion of the Association sexual intimacy is a core aspect of human experience, and criminalising laws reinforce prejudice, discrimination, and violence against gay men and lesbians.