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April 6, 2019

  • HF13/SF200 Gender equality provided for under the law with constitutional amendment proposal
  • ERA Testimonies in Opposition of HF13 (PDF)
    Testimonies submitted to legislative committee in opposition of the “ERA” billSF919 identical to the Democrat constitutional amendment except that it adds, “Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant, secure, or deny any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof.”

“Equality under the law shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender.”

The question submitted to the people shall be: “Equal Rights Amendment.” They call it the “Equal Rights Amendment.” This isn’t an Equal Rights for Women Amendment; it’s a “Gender Spectrum” Equality Amendment. This is the most anti-woman legislation ever seen. This bill is male domination of women at its worst, because it will incorporate gender identity into constitutional law.

Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podien, author of the “ERA” amendment, in her own words.

Asked for the definition of the word gender, Rep. Kunesh-Podien acknowledged there is no legal definition.

“My working definition for gender is a reflection of who you see yourself as, whether it’s male, female, trans, whatever it is, that’s who you are, that’s how you identify yourself as gender.”

Asked why the language of the ERA was changed from “sex” equality to “gender” equality, Rep. Kunesh-Podien said she doesn’t want to be “exclusive.” This ERA is “inclusive of folks who identify in so many different ways. The word gender is all-inclusive of everyone.” This ERA is “not just if you identify as a male or female, but however you identify yourself.”

Asked if she would consider amending the bill to replace the word “gender” with “sex” to remove any ambiguity about the meaning of this constitutional amendment, Rep. Kunesh-Podien said “NO.”

Changing the Minnesota Constitution to enforce gender identity ideology on our children and on our land is both revolutionary and totalitarian.

Men and boys who feel like they are women and girls are now dominating women and girls’ sports. To adopt gender identity as if it is the equivalent of biological sex destroys the very concept of girls’ and women’s sports. Girls and women are now being forced to shower with boys and men and their personal privacy is being violated in bathrooms, locker rooms and overnight school activities.

This amendment destroys the very concept of female! “Shall not be abridged in law on account of gender” would establish the spectrum of more than 87 genders into marriage law, family law, adoption law, school policies and curriculum, sports, business law, freedom to speak and freedom of faith.

Gender Identity is a feeling about who you are and it is a sexual behavior. Feelings are changeable. If this ERA constitutional amendment were presented to voters and were it to pass, endless lawsuits would ensue. In fact, a moving force behind HF13 is Gender Justice, a gender litigation law firm.

The following are some examples of the amendment’s consequences:

  • No constitutional right to distinguish between boys and girls in any place or in any way
  • The safety of girls and the privacy of girls and boys eliminated, whether in bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, or school overnight accommodations
  • The end of girls’ sports competition
  • Embedding gender identity into school curriculum and activities
  • Parents required to give gender altering drugs to children who request it
  • Children removed from their parents if parents not affirming of a gender change
  • Counselors unable to help people go straight, even if clients wish to do so.
  • Teachers fired for not using certain requested pronouns
  • Schools sued for not requiring teachers to use certain names and pronouns
  • No information about inherent biological gender distinctions allowed in schools, libraries and churches
  • No sex-based dress codes allowed
  • Many obscenity laws based on gender declared unconstitutional
  • All laws, including business, marriage and family law changed to be gender neutral
  • Books in libraries banned for not being gender neutral

Women’s/Girls’ Sports


Fraudulent ERA Moves to the Senate

Republican Support Evaporates
Author Kunesh-Podein Throws Women Under the Bus
March 11, 2019

Constitutional amendment for Gender Equality (ERA) HF13/SF200 SF919
Equality under the law shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender.
The question submitted to the people shall be: “Equal Rights Amendment.”

On Thursday, March 7th, the DFL majority in the Minnesota House passed HF13, a constitutional amendment to embed gender identity into Minnesota’s Constitution.

The debate on the House floor effectively called out the ruse of naming this bill an “equal rights amendment”, and a women’s rights issue. The ERA has always used the word “sex,” not “gender.”
Supporters of the bill cynically manipulated and abused the decades-long struggle for women’s equal rights, shamelessly hearkening back to the days of the early suffragists. They presumed no legislator would dare vote ‘no’ to ERA! But their “gender identity” ERA was effectively exposed as nothing more than an effort to enshrine into the constitution the ideology of gender identity – an ideology that is demonstrably anti-woman because it allows anyone to “identify” as anything at any given time.

HF13 is a huge attack on the rights of girls and women. It forces a massive cultural shift on all.

HF13 passed on a vote of 72 to 55, and it is now in the hands of the Senate. Two Democrats voted no on final passage: Rep. Marquart (4B) and Rep. Pelowski (28A). One Republican voted yes, Rep. Hamilton (22B) of Mountain Lake. But the effort to make Gender Identity ERA a women’s rights issue and a bipartisan measure in the MN House failed miserably.

The Senate companion bill to HF13 is SF200, referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Its Republican authors have withdrawn. Senator Limmer is Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

However, another Gender Identity ERA bill, SF919, is authored by five Republican Senators: Reps Paul Anderson, Draheim, Jensen, Nelson; and Rosen. SF919 is identical to the Democrat constitutional amendment except that it adds, “Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant, secure, or deny any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof.”
If abortion is the only obstacle to legislators opposing this fraudulent ERA, they need to listen to the Republican testimony in the House and they need to hear from you!

How Will HF13 Affect Children?

Gender identity is not an immutable characteristic, like race or sex, disability or age. Facebook has 58 gender options, and the list is growing. Few people know what they mean. Gender-fluid is a gender that changes. Add asexual, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, pan-gender, transgender.

Gender Identity is a feeling about who you are and it is a sexual behavior. Feelings are changeable. If this fraudulent ERA constitutional amendment were presented to voters and were it to pass, endless lawsuits would ensue. In fact, a moving force behind HF13 is Gender Justice, a gender litigation law firm.

Following are some examples of its consequence:

  • No constitutional right to distinguish between boys and girls in any place or in any way
  • The safety of girls and the privacy of girls and boys eliminated, whether in bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, or school overnight accommodations
  • The end of girls’ sports competition
  • Embedding gender identity into school curriculum and activities
  • Parents required to give gender altering drugs to children who request it
  • Children removed from their parents if parents not affirming of a gender change
  • Counsellors unable to help people go straight, even if clients wish to do so.
  • Teachers fired for not using certain requested pronouns
  • Schools sued for not requiring teachers to use certain names and pronouns
  • No information about inherent biological gender distinctions allowed in schools, libraries and churches
  • No sex-based dress codes allowed
  • Many obscenity laws based on gender declared unconstitutional
  • All laws, including business, marriage and family law changed to be gender neutral
  • Books in libraries banned for not being gender neutral