Sexes: Those 24 Words Are Back

No State shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. AMENDMENT XIV SECTION I SEXES Those 24 Words Are Back ERA surfaces once more amid doubts about its urg

Fifteen years have passed since Congress overwhelmingly endorsed the Equal Rights Amendment. Five years have elapsed since the measure, battered by scare talk of homosexual marriages, unisex bathrooms and female combat duty, went to its death, just three states shy of the 38 needed for ratification. Yet the ERA's 24 key words -- "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex" -- simply refuse to go away. Fifty-one Senators are now cosponsoring an effort to launch the amendment again, and the National Organization for Women...

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