Equal Rights Milestone

Idea Category: Defending Democracy

Sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan, the Equal Rights Amendement was passed by the Virginia legislature this week, providing approval of the 38 states required to change the U.S. Constitution in favor of gender equity. The amendment, which was first written nearly a century ago and passed by Congress in 1972, "seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters." McClellan also addressed the next step in seeing the constitutional amendment come to fruition, arguing that "there is no legal basis" for the deadline imposed by Congress for states to vote on the legislation; therefore, the Department of Justice cannot follow through on its position against the ERA going into effect.


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New Law Protecting Absentee Voting

Idea Category: Defending Democracy