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One More State Needed to Pass the ERA

June 2, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contacts: LWVNC ERA Action Team Leaders Judy Lotas (646-765-3265  judylotas@gmail.com) and Sherry MacQueen (919-604-1967  sherrybmacqueen@gmail.com)

 

ILLINOIS RATIFIES EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT;

JUST ONE MORE STATE NEEDED TO PASS THE ERA!

WILL GIVE MEN AND WOMEN EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE CONSTITUTION FOR FIRST TIME IN U.S. HISTORY

 

RALEIGH, NC, MAY 31, 2018 Last night the Illinois House voted in favor of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, 72-45. One more state is needed for final ratification and North Carolina has the historic opportunity to be that 38th state.

Congress easily passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972 then sent it to the states for ratification. Within a short time, 35 states voted yes; however, 38 states are needed. In 1977, the North Carolina House approved the ERA but it fell two votes short in the Senate. There was a long lull until 2017 when Nevada ratified. Now Illinois has ratified–and just one more state is needed to make the Equal Rights Amendment part of our Constitution.

The Equal Rights Amendment seeks to enshrine our country’s values of fairness and equality in the United States Constitution: “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 League of Women Voters of North Carolina has long supported this legislation and urges the General Assembly to promptly pass House Bill 1072 and Senate Bill 782.