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Dawn of an ERA? State House passes Equal Rights Amendment 95 years later
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 5/30/2018 | Tina Sfondeles

Posted on 05/31/2018 9:06:09 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House made history on Wednesday, allowing for the state to become the 37th in the country to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment designed to protect Americans against discrimination based on their sex.

Nearly a century after the amendment was drafted, the Illinois House voted 72-45 to ratify it following more than two hours of debate. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan stood behind the speaker’s podium in the House chambers to watch the historic vote. The Illinois Senate voted to approve it in April.

While the vote may be symbolic — the country needs one more state to ratify the amendment — the state’s passage creates a window of opportunity for the embattled constitutional amendment. The state is where the efforts seized in 1982. Only 35 of the necessary 38 states ratified the amendment before the 1979 deadline set by Congress. The deadline was extended to 1982, but that made no difference as Illinois and other states remained firmly against the proposal.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Illinois
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Pray this Unconstitutional Amendment will be killed in the Supreme Court if-and-when the occasion is presented to retroactively extend the time deadline of the ERA.
1 posted on 05/31/2018 9:06:10 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever
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To: stars & stripes forever

Symbolic yet historic, blah blah blah...


2 posted on 05/31/2018 9:10:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ads for Chappaquiddick warn of scenes of tobacco use. What about the hazards of drunk driving?)
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To: stars & stripes forever

Pray this Unconstitutional Amendment will be killed...
I don’t think a constitutional amendment can be declared unconstitutional.


3 posted on 05/31/2018 9:11:42 AM PDT by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm using my wife's account.)
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To: a fool in paradise

The reason this failed in the first place is that it was not necessary. The constitution already protects people’s rights regardless of sex. It would have just been a cash cow for attorneys.


4 posted on 05/31/2018 9:13:20 AM PDT by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm using my wife's account.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

Gimmick for the ladies’ vote

Just like it was back in the days

Dims treat women like stupids

Just like they do minorities and Millennials

And welfare staters

“Y’all are too stupid to recognize our Con Game”


5 posted on 05/31/2018 9:14:02 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Ban athiests, not guns)
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To: stars & stripes forever

If you want to know what a nightmare this would be just look how Title IX has been implement in the university system.


6 posted on 05/31/2018 9:14:44 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: stars & stripes forever
I remember when the ERA was touted. The proponents swore up and down it would NOT lead to men being allowed to use women's restrooms. OH, WAIT!....
7 posted on 05/31/2018 9:15:20 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (Islamophobic? NO! IslamABHORic)
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To: robroys woman

Just wait until it’s an Amendment disfavored by powerful pinkos.


8 posted on 05/31/2018 9:15:44 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

Another issue seldom talked about, is that some states rescinded their ratifications of the ERA during the seven year window for consideration of the amendment.

To say that Illinois is the 37th state to ratify ignores those recission votes.

That issue could be hashed out in court, as to whether a state can legally rescind a ratification of an amendment.


9 posted on 05/31/2018 9:16:37 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: robroys woman

As Phyllis Shlafly knew—this is a removal of Right Reason and Natural Law Theory (our Constitution)—for irrational Marxism, where boys are girls, sex with children is same as sex with adults, up is down, and sodomizing others can be a virtue as using others as a means to an end (always evil in true Christianity).

It is the “God is Dead” religion of Satanism and the Lucifereans (pederasts)-—total irrationality of “radical egalitarianism” which removes individualism and identity and age from the masses, to make them all interchangeable drones-—even men are women literally.

Reason and Logic are not allowed in radical egalitarianism—Marxism. You are totally dehumanized—reduced to cattle.


10 posted on 05/31/2018 9:17:39 AM PDT by savagesusie (When Law ceases to be Just, it ceases to be Law. (Thomas A./Founders/John Marshall)/Nuremberg)
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I don’t think a constitutional amendment can be declared unconstitutional.

Yup. And believe me, the Left has an elaborate plan to bring it back to life.


11 posted on 05/31/2018 9:17:40 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: stars & stripes forever

I’m confused.

If the ERA was dead in 1982 how is it we’re still counting votes?


12 posted on 05/31/2018 9:18:47 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Maxine Waters for House Minority Leader!!)
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I don’t think a constitutional amendment can be declared unconstitutional


No, but it can be when the legislation starting the process had a built in deadline. That deadline was extended once but that only shows congress meant for the amendment to become void after a certain date.


13 posted on 05/31/2018 9:19:01 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (US out of the UN, UN out of the US)
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To: stars & stripes forever

Note that the Amendment prevents discrimination on the basis of sex (a biological state), not gender (a social construct).


14 posted on 05/31/2018 9:20:19 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Gone but not forgiven.)
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> I don’t think a constitutional amendment can be declared unconstitutional <

Actually, there are two constitutional issues in play here. One, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment had an expiration date of March 22, 1979. Either it gets ratified by then, or it’s moot.

Then Congress, by a simple majority, extended that date. A simple Congressional majority cannot propose an Amendment. So how can it modify one?

And then there’s a second constitutional problem. Four states that ratified the ERA have since taken back their ratification. So which vote counts, the original vote, or the take-back vote?


15 posted on 05/31/2018 9:23:41 AM PDT by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

we,ve gone from a country that makes history to one where we now3 distort history (and our constitution)


16 posted on 05/31/2018 9:24:09 AM PDT by Bob434
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I don’t think a constitutional amendment can be declared unconstitutional.

Well, this is just Illinois' vote on the proposed amendment.

It wouldn't actually be an amendment until 38 states have approved it (there's 37 now, but five states have indicated they've withdrawn their approval). Then, I believe, the amendment would be placed before a vote of the country for approval or not. Only then would it actually become an amendment.

Long before that, I would anticipate numerous lawsuits from all sides of the political spectrum to determine things such as whether the timeline could be extended, whether those five states could or could not withdraw their approval, and many many other things.

This ain't going to become an amendment for quite a long time, if ever ...

17 posted on 05/31/2018 9:25:59 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Come Hell or High Water - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQNUp9rgjNs&feature=youtu.be)
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[I don’t think a constitutional amendment can be declared unconstitutional.]

I meant to say the ERA Amendment cannot constitutionally continue from when it left off the last time.


18 posted on 05/31/2018 9:27:10 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose GOD is the LORD. Psalm 33:12)
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Its about time chicks get the opportunity to be sewer workers and line walkers


19 posted on 05/31/2018 9:33:27 AM PDT by dsrtsage (For Leftists, World History starts every day at breakfast)
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To: CIB-173RDABN

So, they really have to do it all over again?


20 posted on 05/31/2018 9:37:08 AM PDT by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm using my wife's account.)
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