Bloomberg Law
Feb. 6, 2014, 5:00 AM

Equal Rights Amendment Resolution OK’d
By Virginia Senate, With Still-Open Clause

The Virginia Senate Feb. 5 approved a resolution (SJR 78) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment of 1972.

“Equality for women ought to be enshrined in our Constitution. Without that protection, discrimination against women still happens every day,” state Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D) said during floor debate Feb. 5, prior to the chamber approving the resolution on a 25-8 vote.

All 21 Democrats supported the measure. Four Republicans voted for the resolution, eight opposed it and seven abstained. The resolution now goes to the Republican-dominated House of Delegates.

Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972 and sent it to ...

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