Chicago Sun-Times

Enact 28th Amendment, for gender equality


We should have a constituti­onal amendment that guarantees each person, no matter their gender, will be treated fairly under the law. The amendment would also serve a purpose: By being in the Constituti­on, our supreme legal document, the amendment would ensure that existing laws aren’t rolled back.

The idea is similar to the Golden Rule, an important tenet in every major religion and most secular societies. Treat others as you would be treated. That’s the basis for laws against discrimina­tion. This new amendment could be called “The Golden Rule of Gender Equality.”

True, amendments are hard to add to the Constituti­on. First, each house of Congress must approve a proposed amendment by at least a two-thirds vote. Then, three-fourths of the states must ratify the amendment.

I am asking you to support “The Golden Rule of Gender Equality” as our 28th Amendment. What? There already is a 28th Amendment, you say?

Oh yes, the Equal Rights Amendment. I like that one, and it’s already done. The ERA completed its two-step constituti­onal amendment process on Jan. 27, 2020. Can the government please publish it already.

Michele Honora Thorne, Wilmette

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