Civil Rights Groups Seek to Block UC from Enforcing Prop 209
A coalition of civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, announced that it would ask U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on December 5 to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the University of California from implementing Proposition 209, the passed constitutional amendment that seeks to outlaw affirmative action programs and to gut sex discrimination law in the state. Last week, Henderson issued a temporary restraining order to bar Republican Gov. Pete Wilson and Attorney General Dan Lungren from implementing Prop 209, indicating there was a strong probability that the initiative would be found unconstitutional. The restraining order will remain in effect until December 16 when Henderson will hear arguments in favor of a preliminary injunction to freeze implementation of the measure until a trial decides its constitutionality. The ACLU indicated that the University of California planned to continue its implementation of Prop 209 despite Henderson's ruling, affecting the admission of students for fall 1997.