While unknown how far any of these measures will progress to settle the question of the ERA, nothing short of a Supreme Court ruling to ultimately decide ERA
Yesterday morning, the House of Representatives approved by nearly straight party-line vote H.J. Res. 79, which eliminates the original dates for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
Per the vote grid, 5 Republicans joined the Democrats in support.
Expect no action on this resolution in the Senate, and without Senate action, it goes nowhere.
With all of the litigation filed to prevent ERA inclusion in the Constitution, to require ERA in the Constitution, and many more, it will take time before the courts finally rule on the legality of the ERA as part of the Constitution.
Many people believe the dates imposed to ratify ERA were not meant to bind the ERA when the original extension filed in 1982. Others think the ERA died in 1982 when the extension expired.
The courts will have their say on the future of the ERA, and it’ll be a Supreme Court ruling to ultimately decide if the ERA, as drafted in 1972, becomes the 28th amendment the Constitution.