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Extra info for Strangers to the Law: Gay People on Trial (Law, Meaning, and Violence)
Supreme Court cases going back to the high court's "one man one vote" ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court determined that, by barring gay Coloradans from seeking antidiscrimination protection from their government (except through a new constitutional amendment), Amendment 2 impermissibly interfered with the right of gay citizens to equal access to government. Because Amendment 2 violated a "fundamental" constitutional right, it would have to be subjected to strict scrutiny, the most searching form of judicial review.
Around the table sat about a dozen Colorado attorneys. Some represented the cities in Colorado that had already decided to be plaintiffs in the lawsuit because the amendment threatened their own governmental prohibitions against sexual orientation discrimination. Lawyers for the individual lesbians and gay men and the Boulder Valley school district who would also be plaintiffs in the suit were present, further enriching the mix of experience and perspectives around the table. Jean Dubofsky, a former Colorado Supreme Court justice, had been asked by an in-state gay activist group that had been planning for the lawsuit, the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP), to take the lead in representing the individual plaintiffs in the suit.
677, 686 (1973). 9. Lyng v. s. 635 (1986). " Lesbians and gay men challenging discrimination have long argued that the trait of sexual orientation should be considered a suspect classification both because it is irrelevant to individuals' abilities and because it satisfies the other factors identified by the high court. Winning suspect classification review for laws classifying people by sexual orientation would mean that any law singling out gay people for discrimination or harm-from the federal government's ban on military service by openly gay people to state laws barring gay couples from marrying-would come under the most rigorous judicial scrutiny.