Rejection of Texas law against gay sex could have impact in Oklahoma


Thursday, June 26th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



(Supreme Court-AP) -- A US Supreme Court ruling Thursday on a Texas case could have an impact on Oklahoma law.

The justices voted 6-to-3 to strike down a Texas law against gay sex as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri have a similar law prohibiting oral and anal sex between same-sex couples. Nine other states prohibit sodomy for everyone.

In writing for the majority -- Justice Anthony Kennedy says the law ``demeans the lives of homosexual persons.''

Texas argued the state has an interest in promoting the institutions of marriage and family -- and communities have the right to choose their own standards.