senate resolution no.53

Senators Polehanki, Irwin, McMorrow, Chang, Geiss, Ananich, Hertel, Bullock, Wojno, Bayer, McCann, Moss, Santana, Brinks, Alexander and Hollier offered the following resolution:

A resolution to commemorate May 22, 2019, as Equal Rights Advocacy Day.

Whereas, Michigan supports equal rights for all who live, study, work, and visit our Great Lakes state; and

Whereas, The Michigan Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that all of the rights it protects are held equally by all without regard to gender; and

Whereas, The laws that prohibit gender discrimination still exist today, but can be repealed or reduced by a simple majority in the legislature; and

Whereas, Even though Michigan ratified the United States (U.S.) Equal Rights Amendment on May 22, 1972, it still does not have gender equality guaranteed in its own state constitution; and

Whereas, The Equal Rights Amendment was ratified by 37 out of 38 states, although without full ratification, the U.S. Constitution fails to guarantee female citizens equal rights and equal justice; and

Whereas, An Equal Rights Amendment would help correct systemic gender discrimination that is both widespread and pervasive; and

Whereas, Many women have dedicated their entire lives to a constitutional amendment affirming that women have equal rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body commemorate May 22, 2019, as Equal Rights Advocacy Day.