In Support Of Eliminating The Time Limit For Ratification Of the Equal Rights Amendment

WHEREAS, while several notable judicial victories protecting women's rights have been achieved, these victories do not rest upon a constitutional foundation, and therefore remain vulnerable to weakening or repeal; and present day women, of all generations, continue to face gender discrimination in many deep socioeconomic ways; and


WHEREAS, the Equal Rights Amendment, passed by Congress in 1972, would have become the 27th Amendment to the Constitution if 38 states had ratified it by June 30, 1982, at which time 35 states had ratified the ERA, which stated: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex"; and in its stead, the 27th amendment, concerning Congressional pay raises, went to the states in 1789, but reached the 38 state goal only in 1992, a 203-year ratification period; and


WHEREAS, the 1972 Congressional ERA contained a time limit only in the proposing clause, and not in the text of the amendment itself; and the ERA language ratified by the 35 states did not contain a time limit for ratification;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the California Democratic Party supports federal legislative action to eliminate the time limit for ERA ratification, thereby maintaining the legal viability of the ERA and the existing 35 state ratifications, and that ERA shall be part of the Constitution whenever ratified by three additional states; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party will distribute this resolution to all members of the California Democratic delegation in the House and Senate.


Sponsors: David Sonneborn and Chairman John Burton


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
November 20, 2011





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