A Colorado judge Tuesday declared unconstitutional the infamous Amendment 2 that banned gay-rights laws and provoked a star-led national boycott.
Colorado State District Judge Jeffrey Bayless said the amendment violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause by usurping “the fundamental right of an identifiable group to participate in the political process.”
Constitutional rights cannot be submitted to a vote, he said.
“I’m thrilled with the wisdom of the decision of the Colorado courts,” said boycott supporter Barbra Streisand in a statement, but “we must remain vigilant.”
Boycott Colorado announced it was lifting the boycott it claimed had cost Colorado $ 119 million, but state officials have said the effect was negligible.
Lee Werbel, director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in Los Angeles, agreed, saying it had no effect on the court’s decision.