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Please join me in expressing your support for the Equal Rights Amendment. The passage of this Minnesota amendment will guarantee equal rights to all, regardless of gender.  The legislation has been introduced by Senator Dick Cohen during every legislative session for over 25 years. This year his legislation is backed by a large statewide coalition of people pushing for the Constitutional Amendment for Equality (C.A.F.E.) [mnCAFEcoalition.org].

Thank you,

Senator John Marty
DFL Candidate for Governor
http://www.johnmarty.org

It's time to pass the state ERA. We are long overdue in guaranteeing equal rights to women in the Minnesota Constitution.

The public is more than ready for this. In fact, most people believe that such an amendment was already adopted thirty years ago. Back then, for some people, equal rights for women was a controversial idea. Times have changed, and people understand that women deserve equal rights under the constitution.

For those who say this isn't a priority when the state is struggling with the recession, we must remind them that women earn an average of three-quarters what men earn. In times of economic hardship, it is more important than ever to address this discrimination.

Equality for women is long overdue. We are already ten years into the new millenium. It is time for legislative leaders to push for passage of the Constitutional Amendment for Equality (C.A.F.E.).

Originally posted to Senator John Marty on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:02 PM PST.

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    •  Yes, but (8+ / 0-)

      I'd like a modern ERA that prohibited discrimination on the grounds of: Sex & Gender identity, Race & Ethnicity, Political Beliefs, sexual orientation, and low-economic status.

      •  That would be preferable although.. (3+ / 0-)
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        ...you can imagine that an amendment protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and income status, especially, would encounter fierce resistance from the conservative coalition.  In fact the prospect of same-sex marriage helped to kill the original ERA.  

        Policy, Peace and Progress Before Party

        by Alec82 on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:10:04 PM PST

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        •  Its hard? That is no excuse. Do whats right. NT (4+ / 0-)
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          Gay Agenda: 1. Equality 2. See #1

          by skip945 on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:12:18 PM PST

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          •  Fed Constitution already covers a lot of that (0+ / 0-)

            You can't discriminate on racial and ethnic grounds due to the 14th amendment.

            1st amendment covers political beliefs.

            The SCOTUS refused to have interpret the 14th amendment as covering sex discrimination mainly because it thought we should just pass ERA instead.  (Heh.)

            If you prohibit sex discrimination, sexual-orientation discrimination is arguably covered by that.

            And as far as low-economic status goes, well it's going to take a long time before the USA becomes a civilized nation like Norway or Denmark.

            I want to join this political party - where is it?

            by h bridges on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:44:59 PM PST

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            •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

              If you prohibit sex discrimination, sexual-orientation discrimination is arguably covered by that.

              Do you have any examples where those two types of discrimination have been equated and enforced as one?

              Gay Agenda: 1. Equality 2. See #1

              by skip945 on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 02:04:00 PM PST

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            •  Yeah... (0+ / 0-)

              And as far as low-economic status goes, well it's going to take a long time before the USA becomes a civilized nation like Norway or Denmark.

              Like some time between "never" and "five minutes after Hell freezes over". The Scandinavian welfare states (their term, not mine) will likely no longer exist in anything like their current form in a generation or two in any event, unless they start dying earlier or fucking more. And even if their systems are, in fact, long-term sustainable, there's absolutely zero chance that anything like such a system would ever fly here.

              Quite a bit of it may not even be Constitutional, to say nothing of the very different relationship between the Citizen and the State that exists here, relative to European social democracies.

              Apples and rocks, man.

              --Shannon

              "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
              "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

              by Leftie Gunner on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 05:08:12 PM PST

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        •  Well sure (1+ / 0-)
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          And I can see where you're coming from.  But this should be our end goal though, no?  I'd definitely sign on for any kind of laws (whether statutory or constitutional) that outlaw discrimination based on sex, but I think we need to shoot higher and broader.

          •  I agree with you (0+ / 0-)

            Although nothing like that has really been tried.  Most of the amendments, proposed, adopted or rejected, have been anti-gay.  Maybe the senator would be interested in promoting a more comprehensive equal rights amendment.  

            Policy, Peace and Progress Before Party

            by Alec82 on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:14:11 PM PST

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        •  And in fact one could make the argument (1+ / 0-)
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          that marriage equality is the pressing civil rights struggle of THIS generation.  While women's rights missed being formally enshrined in law as they deserved, they were in good part attained by other means, and that struggle is not in the forefront of people's minds today.  Strike while the iron is hot -- give GLBT people equal rights under the law!  As a lesbian, I can tell you that right now I am more assaulted by the way society treats me as a queer, than by the way society treats me as a woman.  It's all important, but in terms of timelines and prioritization, I'm not sure a new ERA is the best use of resources.

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:14:08 PM PST

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          •  And... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...I'm not sure that one of the areas mentioned by the senator here (wage inequality) would be addressed by the amendment, as I doubt it covers private actors.  To the extent that the amendment is concerned with state action, gender classifications must already pass intermediate scrutiny under the federal constitutional standard, which is fairly difficult and affords women most of the protections that the ERA was designed for.

            Policy, Peace and Progress Before Party

            by Alec82 on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:16:23 PM PST

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      •  Low-economic status ? (1+ / 0-)
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        What does this mean? What would a poor person be able to do with this additional legal protection?

    •  It's a good idea, (0+ / 0-)

      but the devil in me would point out that you can put whatever you want in a Constitution: Without legal mechanisms to ensure that the provisions are adhered to, a provision will remain a dead letter on the paper.

      For example, there need to be open options of legal redress and monitoring in case employers discriminate against women for fear of pregnancy leave. While we're at it, may I suggest reforming civil procedure along the old and sensible rule that the loser pays the winner's costs? It would encourage settement and discourage vengeful litigation in obvious cases.

      Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

      by Dauphin on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:15:22 PM PST

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    •  Agree (1+ / 0-)
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      Women today don't realize they could lose much of what has been gained.

  •  All the scare stories about the ERA (6+ / 0-)

    have proved to be no big deal.

    Women in the military now serve near combat zones and do fine.

    We now have unisex bathrooms, but only one-seaters.  

    It was a no-brainer when I was 12, and now that I'm forty-seven it STILL seems blindingly obvious.  Hello, women are citizens too and deserve equal rights.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:10:27 PM PST

  •  Except for transgender, I bet. (0+ / 0-)

    regardless of gender

  •  Minnesota is known as 'The Land of 10000 Lakes', (1+ / 0-)
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    and at most of those lakes, if a male human being is swimming or sunbathing topless, he won't be arrested by the police.  However, if a woman does the same thing...

    Yes, I'm in favor of topfreedom, and I'm hopeful that the ERA if passed will lead to gender equity when it comes to toplessness-related laws.  If this means that men must cover their chests in public, then so be it.

    Barack Obama in the Oval Office: There's a black man who knows his place.

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:17:45 PM PST

  •  It would be helpful if you could include... (1+ / 0-)
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    some specifics about what we can do to show support for this effort in MN.  Thanks.

  •  Not an issue for now, and not needed. nt (0+ / 0-)

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