This November, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York. Yet, shockingly, the Equal Protection clause of our state constitution still does not give equal rights to women. A 1949 New York court decision gutted any protections on race, famously permitting Stuyvesant Town to openly discriminate against African-Americans. Our state constitution also makes no mention of sexual orientation, identity, national origin, or people with disabilities.
New York is decades behind states from California to Colorado to Connecticut, all of which have stronger and broader constitutional protections than the New York state constitution does. This is unthinkable! These omissions cry out for correction, and only a Constitutional Convention can provide it. Let’s grant equal rights to all! We deserve them!