The Houston-area plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively overturned the nation’s sodomy laws will speak along with his attorney at the University of Houston Law Center Friday. John Lawrence was arrested by a Harris County sheriff’s deputy in 1998 in his apartment while having sex with another man. He challenged the Texas sodomy law under the equal rights and due process protections of the 14th Amendment and won with a 6-3 decision. Joining Lawrence in the discussion are his local counsel in the case, Mitchell Katine, and John Nechman, fellow partners in the firm of Katine & Nechman. The three will discuss the status of the Defense of Marriage Act and ramifications of the Obama Administration’s recent decision not to defend the law in court. Questions to be considered include how this affects the future of same-sex marriage as well as civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The discussion, sponsored by OutLaw: Students for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Concerns, will be held at noon Friday, April 29, in Room 209 BLB.