EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
IT’S TIME TO WRITE WOMEN INTO THE CONSTITUTION
“Equal rights, under the law, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Our League Action Team is committed to passing ERA–and putting women in the U. S. Constitution for the first time in history. In addition to our local efforts, LWV of Dare County is working with sister Leagues across the state and ERA-NC Alliance to muster grassroots support as well as political leverage to get ERA passed.
In January 2020, Virginia voted to ratify the ERA and became the 38th state to do so. With that ratification, the ERA satisfied all the requirements set forth in the Constitution.
However, the Department of Justice took the position that the ERA is not valid because Congress inserted a seven-year time limit in the joint resolution when the amendment was proposed back in 1972.
That position is now the subject of federal litigation.
Meanwhile, Congress could resolve the question by voting to change the joint resolution, removing the time limit altogether. In February, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J.Res.79 by a bipartisan vote of 232 to 183 to remove the time limit from the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.
A companion bill, S.J.Res.6., sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and co-sponsored by GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), has been introduced in the Senate. It has been read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The bill has 49 co-sponsors, 2 Republicans, 2 Independents, and 44 Democrats. We believe if it was brought to the Senate floor, it would garner enough votes to pass.
WRITE SENATORS BURR AND TILLIS AND TELL THEM THAT YOU, A CONSTITUENT, WANT THEM TO PASS S.JRes.6
Burr.senate.gov/contact/email 202 224 3154
Tillis.senate.gov/email-me 202 224 6342
Read here to see WHY we need the ERA! http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/why.htm