Virginia House panel advances ERA for full floor vote

Equal Rights Amendment supporters demonstrate outside Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

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.

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