Bowers v. Hardwick (1986)
Definition - What does Bowers v. Hardwick (1986) mean?
Bowers v. Hardwick (1986) is a Supreme Court case in which the Supreme Court upheld a sodomy law from the state of Georgia that outlawed oral and anal sex between consenting two adults. This ruling was later overturned by the Supreme Court in 2003, meaning it is now completely legal for consenting adults to participate in oral and anal sex.
Justipedia explains Bowers v. Hardwick (1986)
Bowers v. Hardwick is an example of how laws can quickly change in American society. This court case is highly relevant for the male homosexual community, for which vaginal sex is not possible.
Bowers v. Hardwick essentially forbade homosexual men from having sexual intercourse with one another. Societal sexual standards have now changed, and both anal sex and oral sex are completely legal when mutual consent is established.