Lawmakers propose equal rights amendment for Maine Constitution
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Lawmakers propose equal rights amendment for Maine Constitution

October 9, 2019


46-YEARS AFTER AN EQUAL
RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO THE U-S
CONSTITUTION FELL SHORT OF
RATIFICATION…. SOME
LAWMAKERS IN AUGUSTA ARE
RESURRECTING THE IDEA FOR MAINE. TODAY, SPONSORS
INTRODUCED A PROPOSED
AMENDMENT TO THE áSTATEá
CONSTITUTION THAT WOULD,
PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION
ON THE BASIS OF GENDER. THEY WANT MAINE VOTERS TO
APPROVE THE AMENDMENT BY
REFERENDUM. ADVOCATES POINT OUT — 25
OTHER STATE CONSTITUTIONS
PROVIDE GUARANTEES OF
EQUAL RIGHTS. AND THERE’S ALSO THE
ISSUE OF PAY… “ADDING THIS LANGUAGE WOULD
REQUIRE STATES TO
INTERVENE IN CASES OF
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND
SEXUAL HARASSMENT, IT
WOULD PROTECT AGAINST PREGNANCY AND MOTHERHOOD
DISCRIMINATION, AND IT
WOULD FEDERALLY GUARANTEE
EQUAL PAY. LAWMAKERS HEARD INPUT

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