On this day in 1992 the US Supreme Court struck down an amendment to the Colorado state constitution that would have prevented any locality from protecting its citizens against discrimination based on on their sexual orientation.
Of course, the decision in Romer v. Evans not unanimous.
Antonin Scalia wrote an “impassioned dissent” (joined by Rehnquist and Thomas) calling the Colorado law “a modest attempt by seemingly tolerant Coloradans to preserve traditional sexual mores against the efforts of a politically powerful minority to revise those mores through use of the laws”.
I’m really not sure how members of an anti-gay organization who pushed through a law taking away basic civil rights from certain Colorado citizens could be called “tolerant” any more than I understand how gay and lesbian citizens can be grouped together and classified as a “politically powerful minority”.
But, obviously, nut job conservatives like Scalia and Thomas do. And John McCain has promised to appoint more justices like these if he is elected President- moving our country further backwards in the area of civil rights.
Come on, people. Get some perspective.
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