United States Constitution; ratifies Equal Rights Amendment. (HJ577)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
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Constitution of the United States; Equal Rights Amendment. Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that was proposed by Congress in 1972. The joint resolution advocates the position that the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment remains viable and may be ratified notwithstanding the expiration of the 10-year ratification period set out in the resolving clause, as amended, in the proposal adopted by Congress. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


07/20/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100132D
07/20/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2019Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
01/22/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 2-N)
02/05/2019Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HJ579 and SJ270.


Jenny Glass writes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Ratifying the ERA is an important step toward achieving full gender equity and will provide the highest level of constitutional protection against sex-based discrimination.

Carolyn Worssam writes:

The Equal Rights Amendment goes directly against many conservative principles and for that reason many social and economic conservatives fought against it and fought against it and killed it nationally in 1970s. This bill would expand abortion rights and taxpayer funding of abortions, require women to join the military, transfer power from the states to Congress, and many other dangerous results.
From the https://www.frederricksburg.com/opinopn/columns/commentary-dead-equal-rights-amendment-c... written Former Delegate Bob Marshall.
Virginia's Democrat state legislators, and some Republicans, believe in the resurrection of the dead 1972 Equal Rights Amendment(ERA). It provided that "Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged...on account of sex."
Congress initially gave the states a seven-year deadline, until March 22, 1979, to approve it. However, after a year of quick ratifications by 30 states, legislators learned that the ERA was not about equal pay or "putting women into the Constitution."
Rather, it was about expanding abortion and its funding, drafting women into the military-including front line combat, ending tax exemptions for churches with male-only clergy or single-sex schools, making young women pay much higher auto insurance rates, and eliminating private spaces for women in dorms, prisons, hospital rooms and more.
Virginia should not vote to approve this this measure.