See below for a press release from the VA House Dems, per Virginia House Republicans a few minutes ago killing the ERA for 2019. Also, see below for video of what went down. Fortunately, we have elections coming up in a few months, and we most certainly will “remember in November!”
We are emailing today to share some truly disappointing news. By refusing to allow the bill to even come to a vote on the floor, House Republicans have blocked the Equal Rights Amendment from being ratified in the United States.
In times like these, it’s more important than ever to have explicit, concrete language in our Constitution to protect our human rights. The ERA would have stated once and for all, that equality between men and women is a fundamental tenet of our society.
But although we are disappointed, we’re not giving up. 2019 is an election year here in Virginia. This time next year, when the Democrats have the majority, we will ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Ready to be a part of the team that makes this happen? Stay tuned. We’ll keep you up-to-date on all aspects of the campaign trail. We are more committed than ever to creating a better Virginia for all Virginians. We’re glad we have you on our team!
Rules change to get the ERA to the House floor fails 50-50. Yancey, the Republican who won his 2017 race on a coin toss, voted with Dems pic.twitter.com/hBPoA5LLSQ
— Graham Moomaw (@gmoomaw) February 21, 2019
The ERA has nothing to do with the power of the states to stop regulated abortions or the right of women to demand abortions. The abortion issue is a privacy issue, not an equality issue and would not be affected by the passage of the ERA. #ERA #VAratifyERA #ERAYES #ERANow pic.twitter.com/p21Szv0KPo
— Delegate Hala Ayala (@HalaAyala) February 20, 2019
Today will be remembered as a shameful mark in Virginia’s history. Again, we stand on the wrong side.#EqualRightsAmendment pic.twitter.com/IVS3HV4393
— VAratifyERA (@VAratifyERA) February 21, 2019
The @vahousegop just blocked a floor vote on the Equal Rights Amendment.
House Republicans continue to wield their 2-member majority to suppress the voices of their women colleagues and their women constituents.
— VA House Democrats (@VAHouseDems) February 21, 2019