- Associated Press - Monday, March 27, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment say a pro-ratification vote last week in Nevada and women’s activism following President Donald Trump’s election are good signs it will one day be inserted into the U.S. Constitution.

Legislators and other speakers representing several women’s rights organizations held a news conference Monday to urge passage of ERA ratification legislation in state House and Senate committees. The ERA makes clear equal rights under the law can’t be limited or denied due to gender. Speakers said it would help enforce equal pay rules and aid in sexual assault prosecutions.

North Carolina never ratified the amendment as pro-ERA forces fell three states shy of the number needed to change the Constitution before a 1982 deadline. Supporters say that deadline can be removed.

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