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Virginia House advances Equal Rights Amendment for full floor vote

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 08:42:16-05

RICHMOND, Va. — The Equal Rights Amendment is continuing to advance in the Virginia Legislature, where its passage is all but certain.

A House committee on Tuesday approved a resolution to ratify the gender equality measure.

Advocates hope it will become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The 13-9 vote split along party lines, with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposing it.

A Senate committee already advanced a similar resolution.

The resolutions are now before the full House and Senate.

Even if it's ratified in Virginia, the amendment is far from being a done deal.

Court battles are expected nationwide over a long-passed 1982 deadline set by Congress.