May 20

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The Plaintiffs in the seminal ‘Romer Vs. Evans’ case. (1996)

On this day in 1996, a team of complainants won a case which potentially shaped the LGBT landscape from then on.

The Supreme Court ruled that a 1992 Amendment to Colorado’s state constitution (approved with a ratio of 53%:47%) that denied homosexuals or transgenders to any form of ‘minority rights’, the defence at the time suggested ‘affirmative action’ to be a concern.

The Court ruled that the amendment should be stricken from the books. The ruling was passed with a 6-3 majority saying:

“[The Amendment’s] sheer breadth is so discontinuous with the reasons offered for it that the amendment seems inexplicable by anything but animus toward the class that it affects; it lacks a rational relationship to legitimate state interests.”

Were this not the case, ‘hate-crimes’ against those of the LGBT community would have, effectively, been legal.

Other events throughout history on this day include:

  • 1st hydrogen bomb was dropped by the US over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. (1956)
  • The Battle of Hamburger Hill, part of the Vietnam War, ended. (1969)
  • South Korea successfully develops stem-cells that match human cells. (2005)
  • Founding Bee Gee, Robyn Gibb, passes away. (2012)
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