Congressional Democrats are advocating to integrate the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) into the US Constitution, contending that the amendment, which ensures gender equality under the law, has fulfilled the necessary conditions for inclusion.
They argue the century-old amendment is particularly relevant in the current socio-political climate, particularly following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and potential threats to contraception access, equal pay, and marriage equality.
Critics highlight a longstanding ratification deadline that could obstruct the finalization of the proposed amendment.
However, Democrats, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D- NY) and Rep. Cori Bush (D- MO), reject the deadline as arbitrary, suggesting a resolution that recognizes the ERA as an existing law. Gillibrand emphasized that a single additional signature could “constitutionally prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex,” and prevent further infringements on constitutional rights. Legal experts confirm the complex and unique paths constitutional amendments can take towards ratification.
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