Nation: Referendum & Initiative

Of all the referendum and initiative measures in dozens of states last week, none was more bitterly fought or attracted more attention than California's Proposition 14 to repeal the Rumford Act (TIME, Sept. 25). Californians, by a vote of 3,656,000 to 1,894,000, overwhelmingly approved the proposition.

With that, the Rumford Act, a prohibition against discrimination for reasons of race or creed in the sale or rental of much state real estate, was wiped from the books. Moreover, future attempts to act against any sort of housing discrimination-whether by state, city or county officials-was...

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