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Letter: ERA should be law

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In response to Ruth Litschewski’s letter (“Arrogance disguised as ‘fairness’,” Jan. 24 Readers Write) concerning the hopeful passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), Litschewski appears to have copied the exact talking points of Phyllis Schlafly who opposed the ERA in the early ’70s. Schlafly too thought the sky would fall if women were recognized as equal citizens.

The amendment reads simply, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

It’s amazing to me that this amendment hasn’t already been the law of the land.

Of course men and women have differences. We all differ from each other. It keeps the world interesting. But the ERA has no bearing on this fact. Rather, it is designed to prevent overt discrimination based on a person’s gender.

Women have no trouble sharing single-use toilets (think port-a-potties)...

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