The government regulates sex, sexuality, morality, and family structure. Legislation and regulation of morality have been traditional state powers. Under the Constitution, the state is authorized to use police power to enforce morality laws. Morality laws affecting sex include laws prohibiting consensual harmful sex (i.e., bondage and sadomasochism). The government regulated non-harmful consensual sodomy prior to 2003. However, following Lawrence v. Texas (2003), police power can no longer be used by the state to prevent homosexuals or heterosexuals from non-harmful private sexual relations.
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