Congratulations, America! On January 27th, 2020 the thirty-eighth state ratified the Equal Rights Amendment! But now the Trump administration is blocking ERA from being added to the U.S. Constitution.
BOSTON – Human rights group Equal Means Equal, a group of Massachusetts students, and a woman attacked on a college campus filed suit in federal court Tuesday to prevent a Trump administration official from blocking efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, arguing that congressionally imposed deadlines for states to ratify the ERA are unconstitutional.
“Our opponents have tried to stop us every step of the way: in Nevada, in Illinois and in Virginia,” said Equal Means Equal President Kamala Lopez, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and activist. “Where are they now? Here we are, undeterred, opening a new crucial front in our fight.”
The lawsuit calls on the courts to compel the Archivist of the United States to officially record ERA as the 28th amendment to the Constitution once Virginia becomes the 38th state to ratify ERA this month, as anticipated.
“What we achieved here, regardless of the outcome of the election, was to come to a community and let them know how important they are and how much everybody all over the country cares about them, even if they may feel abandoned by their state,” Kamala Lopez said.
Once ERA receives 38 state ratification of a proposed Constitutional Amendment, National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) and publishes the amendment along a certification of the ratification and it becomes part of the Constitution without further action by the congress.
Equal Means Equal will keep you informed of the status of ratification in your state and what actions you can take locally to pass the ERA.
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In 1776, our nation declared that all men are created equal and are endowed with inalienable rights, leaving women to fight for equal treatment under the law. This has been at the foundation of over 240 years of discriminatory attitudes and treatment of half the country’s population.
It’s time the Constitution acknowledged women’s rights as citizens of this country. The Equal Rights Amendment will set a precedent that guarantees equality, justice, and respect for all people under the law. Only when Equal Means Equal can we all meet our true potential.
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