Bloomberg Law
May 5, 2021, 8:08 PM

Equal Rights Amendment Plaintiffs’ Standing Debated on Appeal

Chris Marr
Chris Marr
Staff Correspondent

Equal Rights Amendment supporters, seeking revival of their fight to add that provision to the U.S. Constitution, confronted a federal appeals court panel Wednesday questioning their legal standing to pursue the case.

The advocates are ultimately looking for a court order that would recognize the amendment as fully ratified. But U.S. Archivist David Ferriero, whose job includes publication of constitutional amendments, has declined to officially recognize the ERA on the grounds that its 1979 ratification deadline passed long before Illinois, Nevada, and Virginia became the last three states needed to approve the addition.

The lawsuit, filed by the ERA advocacy ...