U.S. House passes bill that aims to advance Equal Rights Amendment

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to remove a decades-old deadline for adopting the Equal Rights Amendment, in hopes of finally formally protecting women’s rights in the U.S. Constitution. Congress approved the ERA in the early 1970s and set a 1982 deadline for it to be enacted if 38 state legislatures voted to approve. Virginia last year became the 38th state to vote in favor and along with Illinois and Nevada went to federal court in Washington, D.C. to demand the amendment be declared valid. The proposal faces an u…

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