NC, make his­tory; ap­prove the ERA

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I re­cently dis­cov­ered that the Equal Rights Amend­ment hasn’t been rat­i­fied since pass­ing Congress in 1972.

Thir­teen states haven’t yet rat­i­fied: Alabama, Ari­zona, Arkansas, Florida, Ge­or­gia, Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi, Mis­souri, North Carolina, Ok­la­homa, South Carolina, Utah, and Vir­ginia.

Only one more state needs to rat­ify it for it to be­come law. Why not North Carolina?

Vir­ginia re­cently blew the op­por­tu­nity to be­come the 38th and fi­nal state. I’d like to think we’re bet­ter than Vir­ginia.

My re­quest to our leg­is­la­ture is to rise to the oc­ca­sion and rat­ify the ERA.

This would show the U.S. elec­torate that we are a for­ward-look­ing state where ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of gen­der, race or re­li­gion is wel­come.

– Robert Weiss, Den­ver, N.C.

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