LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Questions why delegate opposed equal rights bill

To the editor:

The 19th amendment to the Constitution, the one that gave women the right to vote, was passed on June 4, 1919. On this 102nd anniversary we still have not added the 28th amendment, the amendment that will give women equality of rights under the law.

Seventy-five percent of U.S. citizens favor this amendment, according to a recent poll by the Associated Press Center for Public Affairs. This includes a majority of both Republicans and Democrats. And yet our representative in the Virginia General Assembly, John McGuire, voted against ratifying it. Fortunately, it passed last year without his vote and Virginia became the 38th state to say yes.

Why did he vote against it? 

Some say that women already have equal rights and that it’s already in some state constitutions. But states can change their constitutions. We need to make equality permanent. My mother remembers when women could not have a credit card in their own name, could not serve on a jury, and were denied many other things we consider unthinkable now. We don’t want to risk returning to those days.

So what’s the real reason for McGuire’s vote? Does he not think women should have equal rights?

Fortunately we have a choice this November and can vote for Blakely Lockhart to represent the 56th district in Richmond. Her votes will represent the views of most of her constituents rather than the dictates of an extremist ideology.  

Thank you,

Sara Macel 

Louisa

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