Civil Rights: Test Case for a Gay Cause

Pete Wilson vetoes an antibias bill, dashing hopes for new laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation

Among the items hurled at California Governor Pete Wilson last week were oranges (he caught one and threw it back), eggs and ugly epithets. "Liar! Coward! Shame! Shame!" cried the protesters at Stanford, where Wilson was delivering a speech marking the university's centennial. Surrounded by police in riot gear, he plunged through a 10-minute address, unheard by much of the audience of 4,000 over the catcalls of 300 protesters from gay-rights groups like Queer Nation and ACT UP. Over the clamor, Wilson offered the observation that "this is neither the time nor the place for fascist tactics."

It was a week...

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