Now that Democrats in Virginia have control of the state legislature, they appear determined to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
According to some media reports, Virginia would be the 38th state to ratify the ERA and 38 is the necessary number for a constitutional amendment.
However, opponents and critics point out that other states have rescinded their ratification over the years.
Victoria Cobb of Virginia-based Family Foundation says the deadline passed years ago and praises the Dept. of Justice for issuing a statement in recent days that neither the amendment nor the ratification process are valid.
"There is already litigation around the country awaiting the 38th state, as they claim," she advises, "and so this is a significant step in the right direction of shutting down what we would argue is an illegal process."
Cobb says women already enjoy constitutional equality and ratifying the ERA, she claims, “erases many of the gains that women have made in employment, education, and even sports.”
Both proponents and opponents of the ERA are contacting their state legislators, and Cobb says opponents should be pointing out that women are equally protected under the law via the 5th Amendment and 14th Amendment.
“They're equally protected in the Virginia Constitution, and they're equally protected in all sorts of states laws in all of the 50 states,” Cobb insists. “So to say that we need this is absolutely wrong and to say that it's valid is also inaccurate."