Democratic State AGs Sue For Ratification Of ERA

Axios reports:

Three Democratic state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against a federal government official on Thursday to certify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would ban sex-based discrimination, into the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit follows the National Archives and Records Administration’s decision not to adopt the amendment, despite Virginia’s General Assembly approving the ERA in mid-January, becoming the 38th state to do so. The NARA’s decision is in line with a Justice Department legal opinion also issued earlier this month, arguing that Congress imposed a deadline for ratification, which expired in 1982.

The attorneys general of Virginia, Nevada and Illinois, the last three states needed to reach the 38-state threshold for certification, argue in their lawsuit that it is national archivist David Ferriero’s duty to certify the amendment.