How did Lawrence v. Texas indicate that the rights revolution was here to stay?  

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Lawrence v. Texas showed, one can argue, that the rights revolution was here to stay by extending rights in a way that had never been done before.  While the Court had found a right to privacy decades before in Griswold, it had not extended that right to include the right to homosexual conduct.  In fact, in Bowers v. Hardwick in 1986, the Court had upheld laws banning homosexual conduct.  It had held that the weight of custom and tradition overrode the right to privacy.

In Lawrence, the Court reversed this decision.  By doing so, it extended the right to privacy further than it had ever been extended before.  This can be seen as an indicator that the rights revolution "was here to stay."

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