An amendment to the Delaware Constitution has passed both chambers in consecutive sessions of the General Assembly. The State Senate approved HB 1 with a 16 to 5 vote. The words “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex.” The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature and will take effect when signed.
Governor Carney’s Statement on Equal Rights Amendment
DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Wednesday issued the following statement on the General Assembly’s final passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Delaware Constitution:
“This is an important moment in Delaware history. Thank you to members of the Delaware House and Senate for their final passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Delaware Constitution. This amendment lays out clearly the importance of equal rights for women. Though this amendment does not need my signature, I am proud to support the Equal Rights Amendment and I want to extend my thanks to the many advocates who have been fighting for equal rights for generations.”
“No protection against discrimination is unacceptable. Equal means equal. From the gender pay gap to workplace discrimination, women deserve to have the same opportunities and rights as men. End of story.”