The Church, Religion, and the Equal Rights Amendment

The Church, Religion, and the Equal Rights Amendment


The Church, Religion, and the Equal Rights Amendment


State Archives of Florida: Series S79, Box 1, Folder 37


A leaflet describing what the Equal Rights Amendment is, who supports it, and the basis for religious support of the amendment.


ca. 1973


ERA Support Project


Board of Global Ministries

Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church


Leaflets (printed Works)


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.