NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following statement after the attorneys general of Illinois, Nevada, and Virginia yesterday filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking to compel official recognition of the ratification of an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution:
“A century after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the constitutional right to vote, we are still waiting for our nation to bat down discrimination against women and recognize equal rights under the law. I proudly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the women across this nation who yearn for equal treatment. The ratification of the ERA is long overdue, and now that 38 states have ratified the amendment, our coalition is stronger than ever.
“I thank the attorneys general of Illinois, Nevada, and Virginia for their courage in filing this lawsuit. In the coming weeks, I will be working with a coalition of attorneys general from around the nation to support this suit because we will never waver in our fight.”