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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Romer v. Evans
Romer v. Evans

Decided May 20, 1996

517 U.S. 620

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/517/620.html

Decision

A state constitutional amendment that prohibits passage of laws protecting homosexuals from discrimination violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Background

Colorado was an early battleground in the fight over gay rights. In 1974 the Boulder City Council enacted a law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation, but it created such a controversy that voters repealed it. In 1987 Boulder voters decided to reinstate the ban on discrimination against homosexuals, and Denver and Aspen enacted similar measures. Gov. Roy Romer in 1989 issued an order prohibiting discrimination against people with AIDS, many of whom were homosexual men.

Many Colorado residents with more conservative views were alarmed at these developments, fearing a deterioration ...

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