The Equal Rights Amendment has failed to reach the necessary number of states to support ratification by its deadline, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Multiple state legislatures have considered legislation to give the ERA the necessary super-majority to be added to the U.S. Constitution.
However, Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel issued a memorandum Monday explaining that the ERA has already failed to meet a previously determined deadline by Congress.
“Congress has constitutional authority to impose a deadline for ratifying a proposed constitutional amendment,” Engel wrote.
“It exercised this authority when proposing the Equal Rights Amendment and, because three-fourths of the state legislatures did not ratify before the deadline that Congress imposed, the Equal Rights Amendment has failed of adoption and is no longer pending before the States.”
Engel added that “even if one or more state legislatures were to ratify the proposed amendment, it would not become part of the Constitution, and the Archivist could not certify its adoption under 1 U.S.C. § 106b.”
Kristen Waggoner of the conservative legal group the Alliance Defending Freedom expressed support for the DOJ’s opinion, noting that the ERA not only “falls far short of the requirements to amend the Constitution,” but also “undermines women’s rights and opportunities.”
“Women deserve to be treated with equality and fairness under the law, but that’s not what the ERA does. If its proponents wish to convince the American people of its merits, they must follow the process laid out in the Constitution,” Waggoner said Wednesday.
“Following that process by starting over respects the American people and the integrity of the Constitution. And that’s good no matter what side of the aisle we find ourselves.”
Toni Van Pelt of the progressive group the National Organization for Women, denounced the DOJ’s opinion, arguing that it was part of the Trump administration’s ongoing opposition to “women’s rights and gender equality.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski