New York State’s constitution gradually protects individuals rights. The New York Constitution, Article 3 (3) guarantees that religious worship and other professions can be enjoyed and performed without discrimination. The clause also states that any New Yorker would not be considered unfit to testify because of their religion or beliefs (Cogan 2015). An individual is protected by Article 1(8) of the constitution to be able to publish freely and write on any topic. New York has no laws which restrict press or speech freedom. This provision was amended on November 6, 2001, to allow juries to evaluate facts and to determine law concerning speech rights and press freedom.
New Yorkers are allowed to gather freely and petition any government agency or the government if they feel their rights have been violated. Moreover, article 1 (11) of the New York Constitution guarantees all state residents equal protection under the law and prohibits discrimination based on religion, creed, color, or race (Greenberg & Page, 2018). New Yorkers revised the article November 6, 2001. Article 1 7 states that government may not take private property without compensation. Article 1 7 states, in essence, that the state must pay fair compensation for any private assets it takes to serve public purposes. New York’s constitution has been effective for many years and protects individual rights. The state’s laws offer equal protection for all races.