Responding to a resolution urging Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to affirm the country’s commitment to equal rights for women and to introduce the idea of sex equality as a fundamental principle in the United States Constitution, Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt (D-Burlington, Camden), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) and Gabriela Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester) released the following joint statement Thursday on their measure (AJR-88) recently clearing the Assembly Women and Children Committee:
“Establishing equality for women under the law in the United States Constitution is long overdue. The fact that we are still debating this issue 47 years after this amendment was first introduced makes one question whether our country is truly committed to equal rights for women. By ratifying this amendment, our country can reaffirm this nation’s commitment to the fundamental value of equality for all, no matter a person’s race, creed, color, or gender.”
The Congressional resolution was reintroduced by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).