"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
The above statement, contained in the 14th Amendment, was added to the U.S. Constitution in 1868, shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War, as a way to provide equal rights to African Americans. The “equal protection clause” was later extended to include women and other historically disadvantaged groups.
Now, nearly 150 years later, that very same amendment serves as the strongest legal case that gay rights proponents can make in arguing that discrimination based on sexual orientation is unconstitutional.
And some of those proponents are card-carrying Republicans.
Complete article at Boulder Weekly : http://bit.ly/mUNay1