House Votes To Remove ERA Ratification Deadline

The Associated Press reports:

In a bid to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, the House on Thursday approved a measure removing a 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopening the process to amend the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex.

“There is no expiration date on equality,″ said Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California, the resolution’s sponsor.

Nearly 50 years after it was first approved by Congress and sent to the states, the Equal Rights Amendment “is just as salient as ever,″ Speier said. ”For survivors of sexual violence, pregnancy discrimination, unequal pay and more, the fight for equal justice under the law can’t wait any longer.″

Earlier this week Ruth Bader Ginsburg indicated that she’d be unlikely to rule against the deadline, should the case reach her court. She suggested that activists start the ratification process again in the states.