Is your State Representative one of the 66 Sponsors of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment)?


ERA Facts


ERA is titled HJR1002 by the Arkansas Legislature.  Currently, 66 members out of 100 in the Arkansas House of Representatives have signed on as Sponsors, which means that more than likely one of your representatives is a Sponsor.  Most of our legislators don’t know the full implications of the ERA.  It’s being proposed as a piece of feel good legislation to grant “equal rights” to women, while not specifically stating what those “equal rights” are. 


ERA is an Amendment to the United States Constitution


ERA and Gay Marriage:


ERA has been used as the legal basis for court-mandated Same-Sex Marriage.


1.  January 20, 2006, a high court in Baltimore, Maryland, struck down Maryland’s Same Sex Marriage Ban based on Maryland’s state version of the ERA. 


2.  A 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court decision ruled that gay marriages must be allowed under Hawaii's state ERA. Baehr v. Lewin, 852 P. 2d 44 (Haw. 1993), on remand, Baehr v. Miike, Hawaii Circuit Court, Civ. No.91-1394 (injunction issued December 3, 1996.)


ERA and Government Funded Abortions:


ERA has been used as the legal basis for court-mandated, Government Funded Abortions.


A Connecticut Superior Court held that the state ERA required public funding of abortions. "Since only women become pregnant, discrimination against pregnancy by not funding abortions . . . is sex-oriented discrimination . . . . The Court concludes that the regulation that restricts the funding for abortions. . violates Connecticut's Equal Rights Amendment." (Doe v. Maher, 515 A. 2d 134, 162 (Conn. Super. Ct. 1986). Only one state court, Pennsylvania's, has said that its state ERA does not require public funding for abortions.


ERA and Roe v. Wade:


ERA would make legalized abortion the law of the land and negate any attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade.


ERA and Women in Combat:


ERA would prevent the U.S. Military from restricting placement of women in fully-integrated, front-line combat units.