Constitutional Law: California Conundrum

Californians who voted 2 to 1 last year for Proposition 14—a constitutional amendment voiding state laws against housing discrimination—set the stage for an inevitable and important quarrel in the courts. Now called Section 26 of the California constitution, the amendment states in its key passage:

"Neither the State nor any subdivision or agency thereof shall deny, limit or abridge, directly or indirectly the right of any person, who is willing or desirous to sell, lease or rent any part or all of his real property, to decline to sell, lease or rent such property to such person...

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