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house Bill H. Joint Res. 17

Should Congress Eliminate the Deadline for Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment?

Argument in favor

It makes no sense for the Equal Rights Act ratification process to start fresh after 38 states — the number needed for ratification — have already approved it. This is especially true in light of the fact that other Constitutional amendments, most notably the 27th Amendment, have been allowed to pass long after their first proposal. The ERA would provide important protections for women’s rights and equality, and should be ratified as soon as possible. This is especially urgent now, with the COVID-19 pandemic putting new strains on women’s career advancement, inclusion in the workforce and economy, and safety due to increased domestic violence.

jimK's Opinion
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03/17/2021
The ERA has the votes needed to ratify it and if the states were re-polled at this time it would still either be passed or at most short one or two votes. It is ridiculous that this amendment has not been ratified to date largely because it has been somewhat sidelined by other National issues which have seemed more urgent. What is the fundamental issue with asserting that women have equal rights as men? I think it is a disgrace that this supposedly enlightened country has some really unenlightened state governances. I would support a campaign to oust the male-privileged governances of these retro states to force them into the modern world. It is this kind of crap that really disgusts me.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/17/2021
Again, yes. The so-called “deadline”was always arbitrary. The 27th took TWO HUNDRED AND TWO YEARS. Literally. That’s not hyperbole. So, yeah, the “deadline” argument is bullshit.
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Pat's Opinion
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03/17/2021
Absolutely, we should eliminate the dead line for eliminating the equal rights amendment. A deadline just adds another layer of bureaucracy before it’s ratified. Perhaps, in the future, misogyny will decrease in the US and enough states will ratify the ERA.
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Argument opposed

When Congress self-imposes a time limit on the ratification of a constitutional amendment it needs to stick to it, even if it means the process has to begin anew because it wasn't ratified on time, which is relevant in this case given that some states ratified after the deadline and others rescinded their ratification. The ERA could potentially regain the support it had once the process restarts. More broadly, there could be unwanted unintended consequences of ERA ratification, such as forcing women into the draft, eliminating single-sex bathrooms, or weakening restrictions on abortion.

J's Opinion
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03/17/2021
We already have equal rights under the law. This will actually create inequality.
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Aden's Opinion
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03/17/2021
I wish some of you would read the U.S. Constitution. I could also prove useful to read the legislation in question. For those reasons I don’t support this legislation.
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Keene44's Opinion
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03/17/2021
We have deadlines and rules for a reason. If the parties did nothing to prioritize this to meet the deadline they obviously don’t think much of it. I’m tired of politicians given excuses and 3rd and 4th chances for incompetence. They need to be held to the same standard as people who actually work for a living.
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    The ERA has the votes needed to ratify it and if the states were re-polled at this time it would still either be passed or at most short one or two votes. It is ridiculous that this amendment has not been ratified to date largely because it has been somewhat sidelined by other National issues which have seemed more urgent. What is the fundamental issue with asserting that women have equal rights as men? I think it is a disgrace that this supposedly enlightened country has some really unenlightened state governances. I would support a campaign to oust the male-privileged governances of these retro states to force them into the modern world. It is this kind of crap that really disgusts me.
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    We already have equal rights under the law. This will actually create inequality.
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    Again, yes. The so-called “deadline”was always arbitrary. The 27th took TWO HUNDRED AND TWO YEARS. Literally. That’s not hyperbole. So, yeah, the “deadline” argument is bullshit.
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    There is precedence for passage after the expiration date as the 27th Amendment was passed after its stated expiration date, and it’s a waste of state legislatures time to restart the clock and redo all the work.
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    Congress should ratify the ERA!
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    Absolutely, we should eliminate the dead line for eliminating the equal rights amendment. A deadline just adds another layer of bureaucracy before it’s ratified. Perhaps, in the future, misogyny will decrease in the US and enough states will ratify the ERA.
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    The time restriction on this amendment is artificially imposed. That restriction needs to be removed. Women are, and always have been, equal partners in this enterprise. It is arrogant, insecure males who have fostered conditions otherwise. Lift the time restrictions, pass the ERA, and grow up and deal with the consequences, both positive and negative.
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    Eliminate the deadline and pass it, now.
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    Why the Republicans, Democratic and Independents have not ratified this, is beyond belief!
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    The female half of the population needs and deserves the lawful rights the ERA would guarantee.
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    After waiting 40 years for some states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, we can't wait another decade or more to start all over again. The expiration should be eliminated so the ERA can be fully ratified and passed into an amendment to our Constitution. Why is anybody still against full equal rights for over 50% of our population?
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    Eliminate the deadline. Force the courts to rule on legality of the various actions that have occurred since then. And the issues about bathrooms, abortion restrictions, and, draft issues really seem separate issues to me. The first one sounds like fear mongering. I don't know how the amendment has anything to do with the second issue. And the draft isn't going to be called again since we already have such a strong military presence everywhere and if it was ever called again, well it would make the protests last summer look like nothing. Lyndon Johnson tried and look where it got him.
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    It amazes me that we supposedly live in the best country in the world, yet we can not pass an Amendment guaranteeing equal rights to everyone, no matter what sex, gender, color, religion or ethnicity. Who buys these Senators off and how much do they get to stop these Amendments. We are supposedly a country based on God, where is prejudices in Christianity? Our country is broken and people keep re-electing these screwballs, who thrive on destroying our country. Whose fault? Look in the mirror, and think who you voted for. We are full of prejudices, hatred, bigotry nothing to do with help your fellow mankind. You can contact your representatives but unless you have one million dollars for their campaign, they have no time for you. Get use to it American, Capitalism is killing us.
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    Just pass it into law permanently already!
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    Yes... Does anyone actually believe that women should have fewer rights than men??? This question boils down to either you believe women deserve all the same rights as men or you should be living in the 18th century!
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    Yes. Yes. By all means YES. The Equal Rights Amendment is long past due.
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    We need this bill, however long it takes to be ratified.
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    I support the bill to eliminate the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Women's rights are human rights.
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    Equality feels like oppression to the privileged.
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    Hell yes! Just pass it! What ignorant cretins haven't yet figured out that women are human beings endowed with all the same intelligence, talent, character as male human beings?
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