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GOP attorneys general seek to block Equal Rights Amendment

They say their states rescinded their approvals of the ERA amendment before a congressionally mandated ratification deadline.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Five Republican attorneys general are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment adopted into the U.S. Constitution. 

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said the five GOP-led states rescinded their approvals of the ERA amendment before a congressionally mandated ratification deadline more than 40 years ago. 

The Democratic-led state attorneys general argue that the 1982 deadline set by Congress was non-binding.  

The five states -- Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska, and South Dakota -- filed a motion on Thursday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Virginia, Nevada, and Illinois.

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