Spearman testifies to congressional panel on ERA

State Sen. Pat Spearman testifying to U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing April 30. (Committee video screenshot)
State Sen. Pat Spearman testifying to U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing April 30. (Committee video screenshot)

Democratic state Sen. Pat Spearman testified Tuesday in front of the House Judiciary subcommittee’s first hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment in 36 years.

The proposal would amend the U.S. Constitution to guarantee equal legal rights regardless of a person’s gender.

“I find it laughable that people born into privilege always debate if those who were not (born into privilege) deserve it,” Spearman said in fiery testimony. “Equality is not a debate. We are born with it. The only thing we are asking with the ERA is we acknowledge the fact that women are born equal to men.”

Congress passed the ERA in the 1970s, but the amendment failed to get the 38 states needed in order to be ratify before the deadline.

Spearman spearheaded efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the Nevada Legislature in 2015, but it failed. She brought it back again in 2017, and it narrowly passed. 

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.


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