Following a historic election, Virginia Democrats now control every lawmaking institution of the commonwealth. With this shift of power, a slew of legislative initiatives is sure to follow, including action on gun control and voting reform.

Included on that list is the Equal Rights Amendment, an addition to the U.S. Constitution that purports to guarantee equality under the law regardless of sex. Specifically, the ERA provides 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.”

Should Virginia’s new stewards of power ratify the ERA, Virginia would be the 38th state to do so, likely making the ERA the 28th Amendment.

The siren song of historic opportunism notwithstanding, Virginia’s lawmakers should reject ERA. While perfecting the promise of equality under the law and advancing the interests of women are noble pursuits, the ERA looks different in light of the transgender movement.

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