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Let ERA Rest in Peace

Posted by thelamp on April 18, 2007

When fresh ideas are scarce, desperate folks resort to recycling old ones (“The Equal Rights Amendment: Wrong Then, Wrong Now“). The Equal Rights Amendment is one of those outdated concepts best left in the past, along with other discarded relics of the ’70s – burned bras, platform shoes and peace medallions.

Now that the United States has its first woman at the helm of the House of Representatives – and another gender defender holds a frighteningly realistic chance of occupying the White House in her own right – feminism once again seems to be in vogue. Know this: ERA has nothing to do with improving life for women. Instead, reviving the ERA is a thinly veiled attempt at setting public policy based on gender neutrality.

Women in America, however, are too wise to fall for this ruse and allow themselves to become pawns in the Left’s agenda to dismantle the distinctions God established between men and women.

To set the record straight, the ERA wasn’t exactly a new idea when Congress passed it in 1972. The proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provided that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex,” had been languishing in the legislature since 1923. At the time of its passage, the public knew very little about the bill until the feminism movement embraced it as leverage for strengthening the status of women in society.

By the July 1982 ratification deadline, the amendment lacked support from the required 38 states (although 35 states did ratify the ERA, four states later rescinded their support). There’s a reason the Equal Rights Amendment faltered in 1923, and every subsequent year that it was introduced. There’s no need for it.

If the so-called “weaker sex” really needed a constitutional amendment to advance equality, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton – who leads the field of Democrats vying for the party’s presidential nomination – would not be where they are today.

As powerful as women have become in the political arena, there is still something that Pelosi and Clinton can’t do today: give their gay and lesbian supporters permission to “marry.” Such unions likely would be easier to legitimize in a nation where acknowledgement of a person’s gender is unconstitutional.

There are certain to be other unintended consequences. For example, two states already have ruled that equal-rights amendments in state constitutions justify state funding for abortion. If the pro-death movement wants something to kill, let it be the Equal Rights Amendment. Save babies and biblical marriage by letting the ERA rest in peace.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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