The ERA would not transfer jurisdiction of any laws from the states to the federal government. It would simply be one more legal principle among many others in the U.S. Constitution by which the courts evaluate the constitutionality of governmental actions. This amendment would impact federal statutes and guide legal decisions going forward. It does ensure that Equality should not depend on where you live. Like Utah, twenty-five states have equal rights language in their state constitutions, but Utah women travel and should be protected state-to-state. The ERA would provide a consistent standard.
(Please refer to our State Constitution language.)