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Jan 15 2020
03:45 pm

The Virginia General Assembly has voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, making it the 38th and final state needed for approval. Unfortunately, the extended deadline for states to act expired in 1982. Five states, including Tennessee, subsequently rescinded their approval. It's not clear what happens next, but we're guessing it will involve lawyers. Washington Post reports...

Sandra Clark's picture

Ratifying the ERA should be a

Ratifying the ERA should be a no-brainer, but it's doubtful an effort to reaffirm it in Tennessee would be successful. Ironically, it passed initially with solid bipartisan support, sponsored in the House as I recall by Rep. Victor Ashe (R) and Rep. Gwen Fleming (D).

Fleming was a crusty soul who liked to play poker with the D's in what they so delicately called The Kremlin.

Knoxgal's picture

19th Amendment

I don’t know if the circumstances align exactly, but in 1920, Tennessee was the 36th and final state to ratify the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. It passed by one vote, thanks to Harry Burns, youngest member of the state House. Afterward, the legislature tried to rescind the vote and ultimately took it to court, where they lost. “Tennessee values” failed to prevail.

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