The Nevada legislature has a unique opportunity to impact our nation in a very visible and positive way: ratify the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U. S. Constitution. That would show real leadership.
First proposed in 1848 and finally submitted to the states for ratification by the Congress in 1972, the proposed amendment reads: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” How can any thoughtful person not agree with that concept? To not agree means you believe women should not have guaranteed equality of rights with men. Clearly, women are still not treated equally.
In 1975 the Nevada Assembly approved ratification, but the Senate did not; in 1977 the Senate approved it, but the Assembly didn’t. It is time for both bodies to show political courage and approve ratification.
Thirty-five states have ratified the amendment, and only three more must do so for adoption. Although the 10-year period for ratification originally proposed by Congress has expired, Supreme Court decisions and two legal analyses suggest that the deadline is not controlling.
Legislators, do the right thing: vote for the ERA now.