Maine Considering Its Own Equal Rights Amendment

Apr 10, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine  — A proposal to amend the Maine Constitution to outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender is moving through the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

The Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 Tuesday for the resolution.

At least two dozen states have enshrined the Equal Rights Amendment in their constitutions. Maine's proposed amendment requires approval from two-thirds of the Legislature, along with voter approval.

It's backed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who was elected alongside a historic number of female lawmakers.

There are revived efforts to enshrine the measure in the U.S. Constitution.

In 1972, Congress approved the proposed amendment to outlaw discrimination on basis of gender. Maine is among 37 states that ratified it, but 38 are needed.