House backs removing deadline for ratifying ERA

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The House on Thursday voted in favor of removing a 1982 deadline for the states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. A similar measure has been introduced in the Senate.

It takes ratification by three-quarters of the states to add an amendment to the Constitution, and the ERA didn’t reach that threshold until Virginia, with new Democratic majorities in its legislature, became the 38th state to ratify it.

The courts could have the final word.

Illinois, Nevada, and Virginia have filed a lawsuit calling for the amendment to be added to the Constitution; Alabama, Louisiana, and South Dakota last year filed a case against ratification.

The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has told the national archivist not to certify the ratification, citing the expired deadline.

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