Equal Rights Amendment rally happening at State Capitol

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37 states have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment , will Louisiana become the 38th?

According to ERA Coalition, the Equal Rights Amendment “would ensure equal rights for all Americans regardless of sex and make it an amendment to the U.S Constitution.”

“Unfortunately, the majority of Americans mistakenly believe men and women have equal rights under the Constitution,” Ashley Sheffield from the Feminist Majority Foundation Sheffield says. “Only men are explicitly guaranteed constitutional rights, women are not. Anti-discrimination laws have been passed, but we know that laws can be revoked and even lapse such as the Violence Against Women Act that Congress allowed to lapse last year. The ERA would enshrine in the Constitution equal rights for all.”

Attendees at the April 9th event partcipated in this schedule:

  • 8 am: Rally and March from the State Library to the Louisiana State Capitol
  • 10 am: Tabling in the Capitol Rotunda and hallways
  • 11 am: State Sens. JP Morrell and Troy Carter, and Governor Edwards speak on ERA during luncheon in tents in front of Capitol
  • 1-4 pm: Lobbying in Senate Chamber

“Louisiana has an opportunity to make history and in becoming the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment,” Morrell says. “Working with the cosponsors of this bill, and my colleagues within the legislature, we will continue to fight for equality for all and this is one of my many bills to move Louisiana forward in my final year in the legislature.”

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