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‘Out of the Closet’ Series at Ithaca College Screens Film on Supreme Court Case

ITHACA, NY — The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series at Ithaca College will host a showing of the documentary “Overruled! The Case That Brought Down Sodomy Laws” on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in Textor 103. The screening is free and open to the public.

In 1998, on a September night in Houston, Texas, police stormed into John Lawrence’s home and arrested him and Tyron Garner for violating the state’s “homosexual conduct” law. “Overruled!” highlights their story and the courtroom drama behind Lawrence v. Texas—the case that led the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 to strike down all remaining state sodomy laws, ending the criminalization of homosexuality in the United States.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the decision, Lambda Legal — the nonprofit organization that represented Lawrence — produced the film to document the case and the monumental legal and cultural shift it inspired. Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services. For more information, visit