Equality of rights and responsibility under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex. The legislature shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. Adopted by Amendment 61 in 1972, this article establishes, as a constitutional principle, the equality of men and women. It requires that both sexes be treated equally in terms of their legal rights and responsibilities. Article XXXI tracks the proposed equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution that was nearly enacted during the 1970s. The proposed...
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