Virginia House and Senate plan votes on ERA ratification Wednesday; ‘We are on the precipice of history.’

Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment stand outside of the entrance to the Capitol on the opening day of the 2020 legislative session.
Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment stand outside of the entrance to the Capitol on the opening day of the 2020 legislative session. (Photo by Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly are planning to vote on resolutions to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday as new Democratic majorities in the House and Senate prepare to deliver on their promise to make Virginia the 38th state to adopt the measure.

“We are on the precipice of history,” said House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn in a statement Tuesday after a House committee advanced the amendment to the floor of the full chamber on a party-line vote. A Senate committee signed off on the measure last week.

“Today’s vote in the House Privileges and Elections Committee brings us one step closer to giving women their long overdue place in the founding document of our nation. We will take swift quick action on the House floor to ensure Virginia is the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and engrave it in the Constitution of the United States.”

Last year the ERA passed the Senate but Republican majorities blocked the measure from going before the House, voting it down in a subcommittee.

Virginia would be the final state needed to reach the ratification threshold, though its path from here remains unclear and the measure is already mired in legal challenges related to a lapsed deadline established by Congress.

 

This post has been updated to correct the day of the anticipated votes.