Friday, May 20, 2011

On May 20

On this day in ...
... 1996 (15 years ago today), the U.S. Supreme Court held unconstitutional a state constitutional provision that would have barred localities from extending protection against discrimination on account of a person's sexual orientation. The 6-3 decision in Romer v. Evans rested on an interpretation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution -- a level of scrutiny known as "rational basis with teeth" because it used the language of low-level reasonableness yet ruled against government action.

(Prior May 20 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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