Maloney Statement on OLC Response to Archivist on ERA Ratification

Jan 8, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, released the following statement today in response to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) guidance stating that any state ratification of the ERA that occurs after the 1982 deadline should not be recognized.

“I am disappointed, but not discouraged, by the Office of Legal Counsel’s response to the Archivist regarding ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. If this opinion is meant to slow down the momentum toward women’s equality, it will not be successful. Furthermore, I do not believe that the OLC has the final word to dictate how Congress or the states proceed in amending the Constitution. The House of Representatives will bring legislation to the floor to eliminate the ratification deadline on the ERA passed in 1972, and state-level ratification efforts should continue full-speed ahead. Those of us who have worked on the ERA for so long know this fight isn’t easy, and I am confident that we will overcome any setback to achieve the goal of equality for women in the Constitution.”