Can You Put on Your Red Light: Lawrence’s Sexual Citizenship Rights in Terms of International Law


The 2003 Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas has prompted spirited debates about gay rights, the foundation of marriage, and the sexual privacy of individuals. Although the Lawrence Court created a ground-breaking sexual citizenship right, this Note argues that it unduly limited the scope of this right. This Note focuses on the example of the unforced sex worker, and draws upon the international materials referred to by the Lawrence Court, to explore the degree to which the Court has recognized sexual citizenship rights.