Nevada’s Ratification of the ERA

I’ve posted before about my research into the issue of whether or how Congress can declare the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution ratified if enough states vote yes, notwithstanding the prior imposition of a ratification deadline that has long since passed. Last year Nevada did ratify the ERA. Here’s what the state joint resolution said before declaring its ratification: WHEREAS, The 95th Congress of the United States amended the resolution of the 92nd Congress to extend the time for ratification to June 30, 1982, thereby indicating its continued support of the amendment; and WHEREAS, The Congress of the United States adopted the 27th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which was proposed in 1789 by our First Congress but not ratified by threefourths of the States until May 7, 1992, and, on May 18, 1992, certified as the 27th Amendment; and WHEREAS, The restricting time limit for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment is in the…

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