ERA Utah supporters hold rally at the State Capitol building

Mar 2, 2021, 6:12 PM | Updated: 11:36 pm

ERA Utah...

University of Utah student Jessica Wojciechowski, right, speaking in front of ERA supporters at the Utah Capitol. Credit: Paul Nelson

SALT LAKE CITY —  Dozens of people rallied at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday, calling on Utah’s lawmakers to join other states in ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, and making the ERA a constitutional amendment. 

Supporters of the ERA were gathered in front of the Martha Hughes Cannon statue next to the Utah State Capitol building. They said they’re frustrated that SJR 9, the joint resolution that would let the state ratify the ERA, is stuck in the Senate Rules Committee.

And there’s no reason for it to be stuck said Utah ERA Coalition Chair Emily Bell McCormick, who believes equality is a concept Utahns understand very well.

“This is a value that Utah has had.  We have an equality clause in our state constitution,” she said.

She said that if Utahns were asked about whether or not they support the concept of equal rights being officially mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, most people would gladly say they support it.

“People think ‘we’re on board.’  In fact, the majority of people actually believe that the Equal Rights Amendment has already been ratified and that it exists, but it hasn’t,” Bell McCormick said.

She acknowledges there are many laws all across the country that are designed to protect women from discrimination, but she says laws can be overturned. So, she believes anti-discrimination laws already on the books are at risk. 

“There are a lot of laws that help women. We have a lot of smaller laws but none of them are permanently binding. If there is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, then it’s actually permanently binding,” she said.

Bell McCormick doubts the joint resolution would get out of the Rules Committee by the end of the 2021 legislative session. However, even if it isn’t ratified this year, she said she has reason to feel optimistic about the amendment’s future in Utah.

“We [see] the success [as being] that we really found bipartisan support for it.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

former president trump, hush money trial opening statement started monday...


Trump tried to ‘corrupt’ the 2016 election, prosecutor alleges as hush money trial gets underway

The opening statements in the hush money trial marked the first time that prosecutors have presented a criminal case against a former president to a jury.

6 hours ago

This composite image shows former President Donald Trump (center), Stormy Daniels (top left), Micha...

Kaanita Iyer, CNN

Here are the key players in Trump’s hush money trial

Originally Published: 15 APR 24 07:00 ET Updated: 21 APR 24 20:26 ET (CNN) — Opening statements in Donald Trump’s criminal New York hush money trial are set to begin Monday, more than a year after the former president was indicted in the case. The trial, which made its way swiftly through jury selection last week, is expected […]

21 hours ago

Former Arkansas governor and U.S. Sen. David Pryor, a Democrat who was one of the state's most belo...

ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press

David Pryor, former governor and senator of Arkansas, dies at age 89

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Arkansas governor and U.S. Sen. David Pryor, a Democrat who was one of the state’s most beloved political figures and remained active in public service in the state long after he left office, has died. He was 89. Pryor, who went undercover to investigate nursing homes while a congressman, […]

2 days ago

Pro-Palestinian activists demonstrate outside the Capitol in Washington....

Stephen Groves and Lisa Mascaro

The House passes billions in aid for Ukraine and Israel after months of struggle

A $26 billion package aiding Israel and providing humanitarian relief to citizens of Gaza passed through the House today.

2 days ago

A man carries a Free TikTok sign in front of the courthouse where the hush-money trial of Donald Tr...

Mary Clare Jalonick and Haleluya Hadero

The House votes for possible TikTok ban in the US, but don’t expect the app to go away anytime soon

The House has passed legislation that would ban TikTok in the United States, but that doesn't mean the app is going anywhere anytime soon.

2 days ago

The word "privacy" is nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. But with technology changing things by the ...

Amanda Dickson

Dickson: Should we have a consumer right to privacy?

A bipartisan proposal would define privacy as a consumer right and create new rules for data collection companies to follow.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

ERA Utah supporters hold rally at the State Capitol building