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RELEASE: House Passes, Rep. Brion Curran Votes for, Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment

Sunday, May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024

House Passes, Rep. Brion Curran Votes for, Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment 

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Early this morning, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed SF 37/HF173, the Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment, proposing a state constitutional amendment to codify the right to equality. The legislation, known as the Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment, would submit the proposed amendment to voters at the 2026 state general election, and if approved, would take effect January 1, 2027. The bill passed on a vote of 68-62.

“After many long hours of debate, House DFLers came through on our promise to pass an inclusive ERA that ensures crucial protections for all Minnesotans. We should all be proud of the work that’s been built upon for decades leading us to this historic victory,” said Rep. Brion Curran (DFL – White Bear Lake), a co-author of the bill. Now is the time to pass the Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment and give voters the opportunity to ensure all Minnesotans are protected from discrimination, and I am proud to support this bill”

The Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment would guarantee every Minnesotan the same rights under the law, and codify protections against discrimination by the state based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, or sex — including pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

The bill now awaits action from the Minnesota Senate. The floor debate and final vote can be found here.