Northam calls on Virginia to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Ralph Northam called for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in a tweet Monday honoring Women’s Equality Day. An effort to approve the amendment in Virginia, which would have made it the 38th state to do so, failed in January.

In order for the ERA to be a constitutional amendment, two-thirds of country’s state legislators — 38 — need to ratify the measure. The amendment would guarantee equal rights for all U.S. citizens regardless of gender.

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Ratifying the ERA would also make discrimination based on gender against the law.

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