Institute for American Values

The Institute for American Values




Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, University of Minnesota Law School




Flagrant Conduct:
The Story of Lawrence v. Texas



Director, Center for Marriage and Families, Institute for American Values

March 22, 2012
5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Refreshments served
Center for Public Conversation
1841 Broadway, Second Floor
New York, New York 10023

Please join us for a discussion of Lawrence v. Texas. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' anti-sodomy law and, in effect, made same-sex sexual activity legal everywhere in the United States. What is the story of that landmark decision? What was its import? Who were the key players, and why did they do what they did? And what are the implications for today of that decision?

SEATING IS LIMITED. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to OR 212-246-3942. Program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Copies of Flagrant Conduct will be on sale.

About the Book:

Flagrant ConductFlagrant Conduct is the still-untold story of Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark Supreme Court decision on gay rights. Drawing from dozens of new interviews that yield surprising new evidence, Dale Carpenter reexamines the motives of almost every character involved, from the arresting police officers to the gay-rights attorneys, whose maneuverings brought the case to national attention, to the nine Supreme Court justices. With the legal battle over gay marriage looming, this first complete history of the case, which expanded the legal rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans, could not be timelier.

About the Author:

Dale CarpenterDale Carpenter teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law. Professor Carpenter received his B.A. degree in history, magna cum laude, from Yale College in 1989. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 1992. At the University of Chicago, he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. Professor Carpenter clerked for The Honorable Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1992 to 1993. After his clerkship, he practiced at Vinson & Elkins in Houston and at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco. Since 2004, he has served as an editor of Constitutional Commentary and is a frequent television, radio, and print commentator on constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law.

About the Host:

Elizabeth MarquardtElizabeth Marquardt is editor of, where she also blogs. She is vice president for family studies and director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values. Marquardt is author of Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce. Based on the first nationally representative study of grown children of divorce in the U.S., she argues that while an amicable divorce is better than a bitter one, even amicable divorces profoundly shape the inner lives of children.