Louisiana Senate spurns Equal Rights Amendment ratification
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won’t become the latest state to ratify the long-stalled Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
State senators Wednesday rejected legislation by New Orleans Democratic Sen. J.P. Morrell to enact a constitutional provision outlawing discrimination based on gender.
Congress in 1972 approved the proposed Equal Rights Amendment.
Morrell sought to make Louisiana the 38th state to back the amendment, reaching the threshold for ratification. He says the language would enshrine equality in the constitution.
Opponents say the deadline for approval was 1982.
Sen. Beth Mizell, a Franklinton Republican, objected to the amendment, saying it was the equivalent of adding abortion rights protections into the U.S. Constitution. Morrell disagreed with that assessment.
Only nine senators voted for the proposal. Twenty-six voted against it.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 2: www.legis.la.gov