Virginia passes Equal Rights Amendment, becoming 38th state to approve landmark resolution
Added 01-15-20 07:29:01pm EST - “Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday after both state legislatures voted in favor of the measure, in an effort to have it added to the U.S. Constitution.?” - Foxnews.com
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Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday, after both state legislatures voted in favor of the measure, in an effort to have it added to the U.S. Constitution.
The final vote in the Virginia Senate was reportedly 28-12, while the House of Delegates voted 59-41 in favor of ratification. Democrats regained control of both chambers last year for the first time since 1994 and led the charge on reviving the issue.
The Equal Rights Amendment has mostly laid dormant since it was originally passed by Congress in the 1970s and still faces major legal hurdles before it can be officially ratified.
Congress sent it to the states for ratification in 1972 and set a 1979 deadline. The deadline was later extended to 1982, but only 35 states managed to ratify it before then. Amendments require three-fourths of the states, 38, to sign on before it can be added to the Constitution.
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