When Virginia's legislature ratified the Equal Rights Amendment this year, it became the 38th state to do so, thus fulfilling the Constitutional requirement that an amendment be ratified by two-thirds of the states. Almost immediately, the attorneys general of Illinois (which ratified the ERA in 2018), Nevada (2017), and Virginia (2020) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Archivist of the United States. In the lawsuit, the attorneys general ask the court to direct the archivist to perform his statutory duty to certify the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Linda Coberly, chair of the national ERA Coalition’s Legal Task Force, will be discussing this and other issues this Thursday night, Nov. 12, at 6:30pm in a "Notable Neighbors" webinar sponsored by the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association (NCCA). NCCA member and LWV OPRF chapter secretary Mary Ann Porucznik will be the interviewer. Register for the webinar here.