RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Equal Rights Amendment died in North Carolina more than 30 years ago when national and state forces failed to persuade enough legislators to ratify the gender-equity provision to the U.S. Constitution. ERA fell three states short of passage.
Now there's a push to revive ratification. House and Senate members filed bills this year asking colleagues to approve constitutional language making clear equal rights under the law can't be limited or denied due to gender.
Chances the bills will get hearings or votes are slim. Some lawmakers point out inequity between the sexes has been reduced significantly without ERA.
Marena Groll leads a North Carolina pro-ERA group. She says the amendment would help women by making gender bias legal claims subject to the same high scrutiny as race bias claims.