Revision 9 suggests three important changes to the basic rights provision of the Florida Constitution. First, it would add “female and male alike” to define “natural persons who are equal before the law.” This change expressly recognizes equality of the sexes. Second, it would prohibit the government from depriving a person of any right because of the person’s national origin. Finally, the revision prohibits the government from depriving a person of any right because of “physical disability,” replacing the currently existing protection for “physical handicap.”
Fla. B. J., Oct. 1998, at 48.
Catsman Freidin, Ellen and McGinley, Ann C., "Protecting Basic Rights of Citizens" (1998). Scholarly Works. Paper 155.