ADL JOINS COALITION URGING SUPREME COURT TO
REJECT COLORADO'S ANTI-GAY AMENDMENT
New York, NY, June 22, 1995...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has joined other
groups in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject "Amendment 2"
to the Colorado Constitution. This amendment forbids the government from
prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals.
The Colorado Supreme Court determined that "Amendment 2" was unconstitutional
since it infringed on the fundamental right of homosexuals to participate
in the political process on an equal basis with other citizens. The case,
Evans v. Romer, will have a widely felt impact, since a number of states
and cities have attempted to enact anti-homosexual provisions in the past
year. Most recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
has upheld the constitutionality of a Cincinnati voter-passed referendum
which removes from local government all authority to act on behalf of homosexuals.
The amicus brief ADL has joined contends that Amendment 2 represents a violation
of the separation of church and state because it promotes the views of those
with religious objections to homosexuality. According to the brief, the
Amendment "affirmatively promotes private discrimination in support
of a particular religious belief to the detriment of contrary religious
beliefs." Moreover, "Amendment 2 subjects gays to second class
citizenship in Colorado society." The brief also urges the Court to
affirm the Colorado Supreme Court's decision on the grounds it violates
an individual's right to participate in the political process on an equal
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