Equal Rights Amendment: Why You Should Vote “NO”

An Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to our New York State Constitution sounds good, right? Who does not want equal rights for all individuals? We believe everyone would! The problem is:

    1. We already have equal rights protections securely laid out in our NYS Constitution and multiple laws, so this proposed ERA is unnecessary. Why would the party in control in Albany (i.e., the Democrats) want to add unnecessary language to our Constitution? Because they have an agenda that they are not being upfront about. Remember, NYS is controlled by one party only – the Democrats. They have a super-majority in the NYS Legislature, and the governor and Attorney General are Democrats.
    2. Although they named it the “Equal Rights Amendment,” it is, in actuality, a Trojan Horse that contains several dangerous attacks on our rights that every New Yorker needs to know about before you vote on November 5, 2024. 
      • The ERA threatens parental rights.
      • The ERA threatens free speech.
      • The ERA threatens girls/women’s sports, same-sex schools, colleges, dormitories, social clubs, locker rooms, and so on.
      • The ERA threatens our national sovereignty, opening the door to allowing illegal aliens the same rights as citizens, which could include the right to vote in our elections!  
    3. The politicians (Democrats) who are pushing for this amendment are trying to say the ERA is about abortion rights. This is a conniving way to try to get their voter base out to vote on November 5th. (Remember, more and more people are leaving the Democrat party and/or voting Republican and Conservative because they are sick and tired of the decline in quality of life and especially safety here in New York, so the Democrats need to do something to get their voters out to vote)! But, the word “abortion” never even appears in this ERA…  

      Here is the actual ERA language they are proposing: Proposing that section 11 of article 1 of the Constitution be amended to read as follows:

      §11. a. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws of this state or any subdivision thereof. No person shall, because of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, creed [or] religion, or sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, and reproductive healthcare and autonomy, be subjected to any discrimination in [his or her] their civil rights by any other person or by any firm, corporation, or institution, or by the state or any agency or subdivision of the state, pursuant to law.

      b. Nothing in this section shall invalidate or prevent the adoption of any law, regulation, program, or practice that is designed to prevent or dismantle discrimination on the basis of a characteristic listed in this section, nor shall any characteristic listed in this section be interpreted to interfere with, limit, or deny the civil rights of any person based upon any other characteristic identified in this section.

      §2. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment be submitted to the people for approval at the general election to be held in the year2024 in accordance with the provisions of the election law.

      Green is new; Red in brackets is old law to be omitted.

The party in control in Albany (i.e., the Democrats) plans to put the ERA as “Resolution 1” on the ballot this November 5th for all New Yorkers to vote on. It will be on the back of your ballot, unless our attorney’s lawsuit is successful…

Our attorney, Bobbie Anne Cox of Cox Lawyers, PLLC, and one of her colleagues filed a lawsuit last year, Byrnes v. The State of New York, to knock the ERA off the ballot this November. You see, the Democrats did not follow all of the proper steps of adopting an amendment according to the NYS Constitution. Therefore, If the trial court rules in favor of the rule of law, then the ERA will not appear on the November 5th ballot, and the Democrat-controlled Legislature will have to start over again. If they want to change our Constitution, then the Democrats will have to follow the proper procedure. Just like you follow the rules, they have to follow the rules, too. Nobody is above the law.

So, legally, the ERA should not be on the ballot because the Democrats didn’t follow the proper process when trying to amend our Constitution. However, there is also the moral side of this ERA Trojan Horse. It goes against everything our society values and, indeed, our very foundation: free speech, family units, parental rights, equality for the sexes, protection for our citizens, and a society run by the people, for the people. 

A group called Protect the Kids-NY Home | Protect Kids NY  is working to help educate voters on some of the dangers of the ERA. This is good, but we cannot depend on one group. We need every New Yorker to spread the word. 

What you can do:

    1. Help us spread the word about the ERA, and encourage people to vote NO. Take the link to this article and post it all over your social media, email it to your friends, etc.
    2. Vote NO on November 5, 2024 to “Proposition 1” 
    3. When you vote, whether early or on election day, bring friends and family with you! We need to turn out in massive numbers to defeat the ERA and help restore logic to Albany. 

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