What does 'equal protection' mean?

March 28, 2013

The quote from Joshua Thompson of the Pacific Legal Foundation in your recent article on affirmative action is a perfect illustration of the problem ("Affirmative action on docket," March 26).

He says that "Michigan voters struck a blow for equal rights by barring government from discriminating or granting preferences by people's skin color or sex."

I'm sorry but I thought, perhaps mistakenly, that equal rights actually meant that everyone had the same rights, and there was no preference nor discrimination.

Our Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. Apparently the Pacific Legal Foundation feels that discrimination or preferences by skin color or sex defines equal.

Clay Seeley, Owings Mills

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