Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announces retirement

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April 12, 2010


"Some court observers credit U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens with having forged a majority of the court to overturn laws banning private sexual relations between persons of the same sex -- the most beneficial gay-related decision ever rendered by the Supreme Court.

"...The Human Rights Campaign called Stevens 'fair-minded' and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund hailed him as a 'true visionary' to whom the LGBT community 'owes much.'

"'He has been a strong, clear, and consistent voice for the rights of gay people and other minorities, the disabled, reproductive freedom, and free speech,' said Jon Davidson, Legal Director at Lambda Legal."