While the Fourteenth Amendment acts to guarantee all individuals equal protection under the law, it has been less than effective in combating sex discrimination. Adopted in 1868, before women were considered "persons" in the legal sense, the Fourteenth Amendment has failed to rid our legal system of sex-based inequities. LD 197 would enshrine women’s full legal equality in the Maine Constitution and would act as an important step in the ongoing process of extending civil liberties to all.

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Representative Lois Reckitt

Status

Passed committee

Session

129th

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