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Not all of the cases citing Lawrence have been decided in favor of gay-rights plaintiffs. Florida's ban on adoption by gay couples, for instance, has stood. But the impact of Lawrence v. Texas will likely only grow, say the lawyers involved in the arguments five years ago. "What Lawrence really means is that it is no longer enough to simply disapprove of conduct for the majority to make it a crime," says Paul Smith, the attorney who had argued before the court urging it to strike down the sodomy statutes.

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