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NC Democrats try to resurrect ERA

When the Democrats say old school they apparently really mean it.  In North Carolina, Democrats are trying to resurrect the Equal Rights Amendment from 1972:

Legislative Democrats held a news conference Monday to call for North Carolina to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, a 1972 constitutional amendment on equal rights for women.

North Carolina was among 15 states that didn’t ratify the amendment in the 1970s after it passed Congress, and because it needed 38 states to be added to the U.S. Constitution, the amendment failed.

Bills filed in both the House and Senate this year would give the legislature a chance to ratify the amendment. Democrats argue that the amendment would address issues like equal pay for women.

No, that is not a typo.  The Democrats are really trying to debate an issue that died 45 years ago.  I’m thrilled that the democrats are attempting this for two main reasons.  One, this, of course, will go nowhere.  The more time democrats can spend on stupid issues the less time they will spend getting in the way of the Republicans.  Who, by the way, is concerned with real issues that will help make North Carolina a better place.

The second reason I love this bill is it allows me to remind everyone that one of the most liberal judges on the Supreme Court argued that gender equality does not mean bathroom desegregation.  Back in 1972, before she was on the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had this to say about the ERA:

Separate places to disrobe, sleep, perform personal bodily functions are permitted, in some situations required, by regard for individual privacy. Individual privacy, a right of constitutional dimension, is appropriately harmonized with the equality principle.

This day and age there is nothing more fun than pointing out a time when Democrats had sane opinions on gender issues.  Nowadays they have gone insane trying to twist old laws and rules to find some bizarre way that proves our founders really thought men should be allowed in women’s bathrooms.  Let us remember a time when this wasn’t the case.  Thank you democrats!

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