Illinois v. Ferriero is a lawsuit filed by the Attorneys General of the last three states that ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) — Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia — asking the court to require that the ERA be officially published by the U.S. Archivist as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. On March 5, 2021, the District Court dismissed the lawsuit on standing grounds, meaning that the three states had not shown that they suffered a legally recognized injury. The court reasoned that the Archivist’s actions have no legal effect and, as such, the states were not harmed by the Archivist’s refusal to publish the ERA.
Center for Gender and Sexuality Law,
ERA Project FAQ on the Court of Appeals Decision in Illinois v. Ferreiro,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/gender_sexuality_law/1