States sue to demand ratification of Equal Rights Amendment

The attorneys general of Illinois, Virginia and Nevada filed a lawsuit Thursday demanding the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

The lawsuit, filed against the archivist of the United States in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said the ERA should be ratified after Virginia became the 38th state to approve it earlier this month, despite the Justice Department issuing guidance that says the deadline for ratification has long since passed.

“At that moment, the process set forth in Article V of the U.S. Constitution was complete,” the lawsuit reads.

“After generations of effort, the women of this country are entitled to their rightful place in the Constitution. This Court should compel the Archivist to carry out his statutory duty of recognizing the complete and final adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment.”

The ERA would add language to the Constitution ensuring that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” It would also grant Congress the power to enforce the amendment.

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