State ERA Constitutional Amendment Passes State House

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The Delaware House has approved HB 1 – a proposed amendment to the Delaware Constitution relating to equal rights by a 35 to 6 vote.  The measure has already been passed in the 149th General Assembly session, but still needs approval in the 150th to amend the state Constitution.  In 1972 the US Congress passed the ERA, but it was not ratified by the needed number of states by the 1982 deadline.  Delaware did ratify the Amendment and this legislation will correct a constitutional shortcoming that will protect against discrimination based on sex.  The bill is now in the Senate Executive Committee awaiting consideration.

Those voting against the measure:  Reps. Rich Collins, Tim Dukes, Shannon Morris, Charlie Postles, Jesse Vanderwende, Lyndon Yearick