ERA amendment removed from ballot

A New York state Supreme Court’s ruling that removes a proposition known as the Parent Replacement Act from the November ballot is receiving mixed reviews.

“Once again the legislature and Gov. (Kathy) Hochul are found to have violated the state constitution,” said Ed Cox, state Republican chairman. “In their rush to pass this amendment, the legislature never held a single hearing on the proposal, never consulted with outside constitutional experts, and falsely asserted this amendment was necessary to protect abortion rights in the state.

Also known as the “Equal Rights Amendment,” the proposal would allow children to make permanent, life-altering sex change decisions without the need to consult with parents and allow biological males to compete on girls’ sports teams. In addition, the proposed amendment would legalize “reverse discrimination” programs, such as allowing payment of reparations for slavery or admissions to academic institutions based on race.

“This case is another example of the Governor and Legislature rushing to pass highly-ideological legislation, without a single public hearing, and then ignoring Constitutional norms, hoping that no one would challenge them. As far as we know, no Constitutional experts were consulted before the Proposition One amendment language was approved,” said Greg Garvey, Executive Director, Coalition to Protect Kids of New York.

Garvey said 66% of New Yorkers recently surveyed by the Siena College Research Institute said they oppose biological males competing in girls and womens sports, and the parents “we’ve been working with have been outraged to see their parental rights threatened.

“We are very pleased with today’s constitutional victory. It is a victory for New York parents and children, and for the rule of law.”

Andrew Taverrite, Communications Director of New Yorkers for Equal Rights, disagreed. “More than a dozen constitutional amendments have proceeded in this exact manner in the last 50 years — and all made it on the ballot,’ he said. “This ruling is nothing but a baseless attack by the anti-abortion minority, and we are confident it will be overturned on appeal. Attacks like this are exactly why New Yorkers need the New York ERA. Our focus will remain on educating and empowering voters so that they can vote to protect their fundamental rights and reproductive freedoms in November.”


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