Contrary to the governor's wishes, equal fundamental rights of a minority should never depend on the popular opinion of a majority that is not affected. This is why we have a constitution which requires equal legal treatment for all persons.
James Madison:It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure.
The 14th amendment says no state shall "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
The U.S. Supreme Court: "The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections."