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NY Equal Rights Amendment Restored to November Ballot

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A New York state appeals court restored a proposed amendment to the November election ballot that bars discrimination based on “gender identity” and “pregnancy outcomes.” The decision overturned a May ruling by Judge Daniel Doyle, who had struck the amendment due to a procedural error.

The appellate judges ruled that those challenging the amendment missed a deadline to file their legal challenge, citing a four-month statute of limitations. This means the amendment, which adds protections for various categories including sex, sexual orientation, and reproductive health, will be up for voter approval in November 2024.

Attorney General Letitia James called the decision a significant victory for protecting abortion access and preventing discrimination against vulnerable communities. The New York Constitution already bans discrimination based on race, color, creed, or religion.