Death Knell?

Two rulings hurt ERA

It was a stunning defeat, a double blow to the dwindling prospects for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In a long-awaited two-part decision, U.S. District Judge Marion J. Callister ruled in Boise, Idaho, last week that states have the constitutional right to change their minds. He declared that the legislatures of Idaho, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska and South Dakota had acted legally when they voted to rescind their initial ratifications of ERA. In an 81-page ruling the judge wrote: "Congress has no power to determine the validity or invalidity of a properly certified ratification or...

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