Letter from James R. Stout to Governor Bob Graham, April 28, 1980

Letter from James R. Stout to Governor Bob Graham, April 28, 1980


5515 SW 87 Ave.

Cooper city, Fl. 33328

April 28, 1980

The Governor

The Capitol

Tallahassee, Fl. 32304

Dear Governor Graham:

I Would like to urge you to change your stand on ERA. It is a stand against the Bible and God's principles. To say that men and women are equal is like saying a cat equals a dog. Each is a uniquely different creation of God, designed to carry out different roles in the family and in society. The man was created larger and stronger because he was to be the provider and protector of the home and the nation, if need be. The woman was created smaller and more tender and emotionally responsive so that she could function as a mother and a homemaker. These fundamental differences are obvious and when men and women try to step out of their God given roles, chaos results. This is probably the major contributor to the breakdown of the American family which we are experiencing.

I gave four years of my live to my country in the USN and I would gladly do it again if the need arose, but don't aslk my two teenage daughters to registr for the draft. They were not created for that purpose. That's a job for men. Men are not superior to women, just created different for different purposes. If you try to saw a board in two with a hammer you're in as much trouble as you are when you try to drive a nail with a saw. When you use the tools for the purpose for which their Maker intended, things always work out better.

Please change your stand on this vital issue!

Before I close, I would like to thank you for your stand on capital punishment. That is a Biblical stand and I highly approve of it.

Sincerely yours,

(Signature) James. R. Stout

(Print) James R. Stout


State Archives of Florida: Series S850, Box 16, Folder 6


Letter urging the governor to change his stance on the Equal Rights Amendment because supporting the ERA is against the Bible.


April 28, 1980


Stout, James R.


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Modern Florida (1950-1990)

General Note

Passed by Congress in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) proposed that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex." Though 35 states had ratified the ERA by the extended 1982 deadline, it still needed the support of a three-fourths majority, or 38 states, to amend the U.S. Constitution. In Florida, the amendment was introduced or voted on in every legislative session from 1972 until 1982. Though it passed the Florida House of Representatives on several occasions, it never passed the Senate. With the deadline fast approaching, Florida was one of four states to hold a special legislative session to decide on the fate of the ERA in the summer of 1982. While it passed the House (60-58), it again failed in the Senate with a 22-16 vote against ratification. It did not pass any of the other three state legislatures in special session that summer, and the ERA was defeated as a constitutional amendment.