Letter: Utah should ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1980 file photo, Bella Abzug, center with hat, smiles as she holds up her ERA sign in a pro-equal rights demonstration on New York's Fifth Avenue. About 5,000 marchers marched down Fifth Avenue chanting pro-equal rights slogans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. (AP Photo/File)

Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would amend the U.S. Constitution to ensure that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Two more states and it becomes probable that this important concept is codified in the law of the United States of America.

Nationally, Illinois and Virginia are considered the best shot to get this done. But wouldn’t it be super cool if Utah became the state to push this over the limit? We could show the country, and the world, that Utah isn’t the backwater, stuck in the 19th century, that we are seen to be.

Contact your representatives in the Utah Legislature and ask that they endorse the ERA!

Wayne Wilson, West Jordan