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Virginia Senate votes to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

February 5, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Once again, the Virginia Senate has voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The chamber has approved the measure repeatedly in recent years, only to see it killed in the House of Delegates.

The ERA, passed by Congress in 1972, declares that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

It has been ratified by 35 states, three short of the 38 needed. None have done so since the 1982 deadline imposed by Congress. Opponents said the deadline makes a ratification vote meaningless.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, said Congress could extend the deadline.

Three Republicans joined minority Democrats on the vote, forming a 20-18 majority.

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