Equal Rights For Women Rally [SLIDE SHOW]

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Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Women's-rights activists are trying to revive a campaign to add Florida to the list of states that ratified the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

A proposal (HCR 8001) seeking to make Florida the 36th state to ratify the 1970s-era amendment was reviewed Tuesday by the House Local and Federal Affairs Committee.

The committee didn't vote after hearing from amendment supporters, including one who urged lawmakers to "have the backbone" to vote.

Rep. Lori Berman says women have made great strides toward equality but insists the amendment is needed as a "fundamental legal remedy" against any remaining gender discrimination.

A law professor says a vote might have no binding effect since the ratification deadline long passed. Supporters say Congress or the courts could accept more ratification votes.

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