Below, we provide an analysis of the potential for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to strengthen protections for LGBTQ rights, including marriage equality. Currently pending before the U.S. Senate is a resolution that would lift any congressionally imposed deadline for final ratification of the ERA. Lifting that deadline would remove the last legal impediment to adding the ERA to the Constitution, which would then constitutionalize, and thus secure, rights currently enjoyed by LGBTQ people that are vulnerable to reversal by the Supreme Court in a future case.
Center for Gender and Sexuality Law,
The Equal Rights Amendment and LGBTQ Rights, Including Marriage Equality,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/gender_sexuality_law/5