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Legislative Memo: Equality of Rights and Protection Against Discrimination

The concept of equality under the law is a foundational principle of our democracy, yet our federal and state constitutions were written at a time when their promises of equality only protected the interests of a few. Today, our constitutional protections remain woefully inadequate. Indeed, our state constitution provides no tools for dismantling the inequality, racism and misogyny that remain deeply embedded in our social, economic and political institutions.

The New York Constitution must be amended to include robust protections against discrimination that effectively work to hold our state and its institutions accountable for dismantling systemic discrimination. S.8797 (Krueger) proposes an Equality Amendment that would do just that.

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