State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) voted to support the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) following a meeting in March with League of Women Voters representatives from Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Elmhurst to discuss the proposal. The State Senate passed the amendment on April 11.
Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment (SJRCA 4) which ratifies the ERA to the United States Constitution, has spurred many debates in the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, and drawn attention on the local and national levels.
“After hearing from many residents in the 24th District, I am convinced that our communities want their legislators doing everything we can to ensure equal rights for women,” said Nybo. “I am a strong advocate for protecting women’s rights, access and opportunities, and this is a proposal whose time is long overdue.”
As SJRCA 4 is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it will require a two-thirds majority vote in both the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives to pass. The Equal Rights Amendment provides that “equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.” The ERA takes effect two years after the date of ratification by 3/4ths of the States (38 States). Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972 and gave seven years for three-fourths of the States to pass the amendment. Thirty-five states passed the Amendment before the original deadline. In 1978, the deadline was extended until 1982. Five states moved to rescind their ratification of the amendment. No other states ratified the amendment before the 1982 deadline.
"I am delighted that I was able to play a role in helping this measure finally pass the Illinois Senate," said Nybo. "I would like to thank the League of Women Voters for taking time to discuss the amendment and help me understand why it was worthy of support."
SJRCA 4 (ERA) will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.