• Petitioned The Tennessee General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam

This petition was delivered to:

The Tennessee General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam

Pass an Equal Rights Amendment to the Tennessee State Constitution

    1. Noah Manskar
    2. Petition by

      Noah Manskar

      Coker Creek, TN

June 30, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of the final death of the federal Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment to ensure, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex" (ERA, Section 1). The amendment was originally proposed by Alice Paul in 1923, but didn't get serious legislative consideration until the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Tennessee was one of five states to initially ratify the Amendment, then later rescind the ratification. On this momentous anniversary, it's time we as a nation--at the very least, the state of Tennessee--seriously reignite the discussion about constitutionally guaranteed equality that knows no gender boundaries.
Tennessee could set a shining example for the rest of the conservative southeast and indeed the nation as a whole were it to add an Equal Rights Amendment to its constitution. Twenty-one states have already done so; it's time for Tennessee, the home of such great cosmopolitan cities as Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville, to restart the charge for equality.

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    Reasons for signing

    • William F Simms MILLINGTON, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Because intelligence and morality should not be a seperate issue.

    • Deborah Carter SPENCER, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Every human should be equal, why so a few think they are privileged , women have to fight for everything and it never stops.

    • Eric Schechter NASHVILLE, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Because, in my opinion, women are human beings.

    • Joshua Beasley SMYRNA, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      It's 2012. We're better than this. Show the country that Tennessee is willing to stand up for everybody equally.

    • Wesley Newsom MEMPHIS, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      For true equality.


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