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GOP attorneys general seek to block Equal Rights Amendment

Jackie Speier, Carolyn Maloney, Nancy Pelosi
Posted at 5:22 PM, Feb 21, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Five Republican attorneys general are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said the five GOP-led states rescinded their approvals of the ERA amendment before a congressionally mandated ratification deadline more than 40 years ago.

The Democratic-led state attorneys general argue that the 1982 deadline set by Congress was non-binding.

The five states, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota, filed a motion on Thursday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Virginia, Nevada and Illinois.