With Virginia's final ratification, ERA fight advances

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has officially become the critical 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Equal Rights Amendment supporter Donna Granski, right, from Midlothian Va., cheers the passage of the House ERA Resolution in the Senate chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. The resolution passed 27-12. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

State lawmakers made history earlier this month when each chamber of the General Assembly separately approved ratification resolutions. On Monday, the House and Senate took the final procedural step of signing off on each other's measures. That action took place with women presiding over both chambers.

Virginia's ratification opens a new chapter in the nearly century-long push to get the amendment added to the Constitution. Many legal scholars expect courts to settle the issue.

One reason why is that a ratification deadline set by Congress expired decades ago.