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    Virginia Ratifies The Equal Rights Amendment, Decades After The Deadline

    Virginia Ratifies The Equal Rights Amendment, Decades After The Deadline

    Virginia's Senate and House of Delegates voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment Wednesday, becoming the pivotal 38th state to approve the change to the U.S. Constitution. The ERA's provisions include a guarantee that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

    "The Virginia Senate voted 28-12 and the House of Delegates 59-41 to approve the ERA," NPR's Sarah McCammon reports.

    Under the Constitution, amendments don't become law until they're ratified by at three-fourths of U.S. state legislatures – or 38 out of 50. With its original deadline for ratification, the ERA's future is on uncertain legal ground. But that didn't stop its backers in Virginia from welcoming a long-awaited day.

    "Supporters pour out of the House gallery to celebrate with Delegates Ayala and Carroll Foy," reporter Mallory Noe-Payne said via Twitter, posting images of women hugging in the Virginia State Capitol.

    Virginia’s House ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment. Supporters pour out of the House gallery to celebrate with Delegates Ayala and Carroll Foy. pic.twitter.com/32EOsGjaPm
    — Mallory Noe-Payne (@MalloryNoePayne) January 15, 2020

    The ratification vote came early in Virginia's legislative session, after voters sent a record number of women to office in November. The body now has the first female House speaker in its history; women also serve as president pro tempore of the Senate and other high-profile posts.

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    This is a funhouse mirror for Constitutional law buffs.

    BTW, this is the text of the proposed Amendment:


    "ARTICLE —

    "Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

    "Sec. 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    "Sec. 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification."

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    The word “sex” is used, not gender. Interesting
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    Whatever happened to Gov Black-face anyway?
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    Why would it take effect "two years after ratification"? How long does it take to stop doing something?
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    Billy Jingo- AT this point what is the amendment a remedy for?
    You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.

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    Slow day in Virginia politics.
    Or else it was a snow day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    Billy Jingo- AT this point what is the amendment a remedy for?
    You never know, until lawyers have played with it for a few years.
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    At least this issue was taken on the correct way. Not some judges order forced onto the people.

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