Women are not constitutionally guaranteed equal rights in Oregon.
Two bills would put equal rights in the Oregon Constitution. Leanne Littrell diLorenzo with vote E-R-A.org says the public wants to vote on the amendment. "80 percent of Oregon voters found men and women to be equal but also they found it important enough to have it stated in the Oregon constitution."
There is a court decision protecting womens rights. But Representative Julie Parrish says court decisions can be overturned. "Women under 40 grew up with this notion that we could do anything, be anything and to not have that memorialized in our constitution is a shame."
The bills have bipartisan support and 50 co-sponosrs; what they don't yet have is a scheduled hearing.
If the bills pass the legislature they will be on a future statewide ballot.