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Minorities Fear Trend from California Gay Marriage Ban

Publication Date: 
November 24, 2008
Source: 
Yahoo! News
Author: 
Peter Henderson

Professor Jane Schacter is quoted in an article on Yahoo! News about how California's ban on gay marriage could lead to future legal discrimination against other minority groups:

California's gay marriage ban could open the door to legal discrimination against unpopular groups if the state Supreme Court allows the voter-approved measure to stand, blacks, Latinos, Asians and other minorities said.

The November 4 vote, supporting an end to legal same-sex marriage in the most populous U.S. state, has caused a nationwide furor as opponents of the measure decry what they consider a civil rights violation.

California's highest court agreed on November 19 to hear a challenge, based on whether the state constitution requires support from the legislature -- as well as a majority vote of the people -- to strip rights from any group.

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"It is not hypothetical. It's a track record," said Stanford University law professor Jane Schacter, who has not filed briefs in the case.