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Minorities Fear Trend from California Gay Marriage Ban

Publication Date: 
November 24, 2008
Yahoo! News
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.


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