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Romer v. Evans

Significance, Amendment 2--an Effort To End "special" Rights For Homosexuals, Skirmish In The "cultural War"


Roy Romer, Governor of Colorado, et al.


Richard G. Evans, et al.

Petitioner's Claim

That the lower court erred in striking down a Colorado constitutional amendment that prohibited any government efforts to protect homosexuals from discrimination.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Timothy M. Tymkovich

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Jean E. Dubofsky

Justices for the Court

Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy (writing for the Court), Sandra Day O'Connor, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

20 May 1996


Denied the petitioner's claim, affirming the unconstitutionality of the state amendment.

Related Cases

  • Shelley v. Kraemer, 334 U.S. 1 (1948).
  • Sweatt v. Painter, 339 U.S. 629 (1950).
  • Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533 (1964).
  • Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969).
  • Personnel Administrator of Massachusetts v. Feeney, 442 U.S. 256 (1979).
  • Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986).

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