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Illinois Urges House to Pass ERA, 36 Years after Deadline

May 10, 2018 - 8:34 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The governor and the public are being urged to put pressure on Illinois House lawmakers to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

The Senate already voted to ratify the ERA, but 71 votes are still needed to get it done in the House. State Representative Lou Lang is leading the charge.

“This is your opportunity governor. This is the time when you pick up the phone and call legislators, particularly on the GOP side of the aisle, and say enough is enough, time to put women in the United States in the US constitution and it’s time to understand the historic moment we are in,” he says.

State Representative Steve Andersson says this should have been done decades ago.

“We know that women are not being treated equally. They’re not being paid the same amount as men, and they don’t have the same rights, and they certainly don’t have the same constitutional protections. That needs to change and it can change here,” he says.

The deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment passed many years ago, 1982, but supporters hope Congress will retroactively extend the timeframe if enough states get on board.