Panel vote dims hopes for Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia

Panel vote dims hopes for Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia
Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment rallied outside the Capitol on the first day of the 2019 General Assembly session. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A proposal to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia has once again failed to make it out of a committee in the state’s House of Delegates.

A subcommittee for the Republican-controlled Privileges and Elections Committee voted down the gender-equality measure Tuesday. That means the resolution is unlikely to get a full House vote this session. The Senate approved the measure last week.

ERA proponents hoped Virginia would become the 38th state to approve the amendment so it could meet the threshold for ratification in the U.S. Constitution.

But even if 38 states ratify the amendment, court battles would likely ensue over whether the original ERA can be revived.

Congress approved the amendment for ratification by the states in 1972. But only 35 had ratified it by a 1982 deadline.

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