Democratic AGs sue to force US to ratify ERA

Democratic AGs sue to force US to ratify ERA
Virginia could be the last state needed to ratify the ERA, but there could still be hurdles even if its supported by the General Assembly. (Source: WHSV)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Three Democratic state attorneys general are suing a U.S. government official seeking to force him to recognize Virginia’s vote this week to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and certify the measure as part of the Constitution.

The lawsuit filed Thursday against the archivist of the United States comes after the National Archives and Records Administration said this week that the archivist would “take no action to certify the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment."

The proposed amendment would prohibit discrimination based on sex.

The attorneys general argue U.S. laws do not give the archivist the power to decide whether to certify an amendment.

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