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Judge overturns Colorado ban on gay rights law.

A Colorado District Court judge has ruled unconstitutional a voter-approved amendment to that state's constitution. The amendment, which was passed a year ago, banned state and local laws prohibiting discrimination against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation.

State District Judge Jeffrey Bayless ruled that the amendment violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Although an injunction issued by Bayless last January had prevented the measure from taking effect, the amendment would have repealed existing gay rights ordinances in the cities of Aspen, Boulder and Denver. The judge took this action based on the strong likelihood that a review of the amendment would prove it unconstitutional.

Nevertheless, the amendment's approval provoked great controversy and national media attention, along with a nationwide boycott of Colorado's tourism industry, which was lifted upon Bayless' decision.

The state of Colorado said it would appeal the decision of the District Court Judge.
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Title Annotation:Colorado District Court Judge Jeffrey Bayless
Author:Tabin, Barrie
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 3, 1994
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