Photos: Top ten stars for and against boycotting "hate state" Colorado twenty years ago
Today, the Supreme Court will consider arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act -- a hearing that recalls the court's part in tossing out 1992's Amendment 2, which prevented bodies in Colorado from recognizing gays and lesbians as a protected class. The passage of Amendment 2 led to Colorado being branded the "hate state." A boycott against visiting the state was subsequently called for by numerous high-profile stars -- but not all of them. Who was for and against the boycott? Check out the ten most notable celebrities who took a stand below.
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Barbra Streisand: For boycott -- sort of
Streisand was the celeb who got the boycott ball rolling after suggesting in a post-election speech that Hollywood types steer clear of Colorado "if we're asked to." But days later, the Associated Press quoted her as saying, "There are many citizens in Colorado who did not vote for the amendment. I support the organizations and people who are challenging its validity."
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This statement was read by former tennis star Chris Evert, who was living in Aspen at the time with her husband, skier Andy Mills.
Cher: Against the boycott
According to a 1992 Associated Press article, Cher argued that boycotting the state, and particularly Aspen, was the wrong way to go. "In a boycott of Aspen, you are actually steering business away from a town that supports human rights for all," she said, adding, "Aspen wants to take the lead in Colorado to overturn this amendment, and for that the community needs your support."
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