Bid in Arkansas to ratify Equal Rights Amendment fails

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An effort to make Arkansas the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment has failed before a legislative committee.

The proposal to ratify the amendment failed before the majority-Republican Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee after it didn’t get a second motion in favor of advancing the measure.

Approved by Congress in 1972, the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution would outlaw gender discrimination.

Thirty-eight states must ratify it first, but only 37 have. Supporters in several states have been pushing for ratification, but it would also likely spark battles in the courts and Congress over a long-passed 1982 deadline and various other legal issues.

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