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FLORIDA ANTI-GAY LAW
DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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In 1993, The Alachua County Commission passed a law which offered protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In 1994, voters passed Charter Amendment 1 with a 59% majority. It repealed the law, and also prohibited the Commission from enacting any such protections in the future.

Circuit Judge Frederick Smith has now declared the civil rights ban to be unconstitutional. His decision followed an earlier ruling by the US Supreme Court on Colorado's homophobic Amendment 2. (Romer vs. Evans; 1996-MAY). Judge Smith said in part: "Amendment 1's focus on sexual orientation cannot be explained on any rational basis other than as a manifestation of the majority's condemnation of homosexuality and bisexuality,". The Supreme Court had ruled that this rationale "cannot constitute a legitimate government interest."

Concerned Citizens of Alachua County, the group that sponsored Amendment 1, intends to appeal Smith's ruling.

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