Obviously, the ERA needs to be passed one way or another. But it seems like reintroducing it in the House and Senate is more work than is warranted. After all, the House, Senate, and 35 states have already ratified it. Yes, all this happened three decades ago, but there’s a valid constitutional argument that this shouldn’t matter. It seems to me that getting three states – Florida, Nevada, and Illinois (why the hell hasn’t Illinois ratified the ERA?) seem like the best bets – to ratify it would be significantly easier than starting the whole process over again, especially considering that nowadays you don’t have to be batshit insane to conclude that ERAs mandate marriage equality, meaning that the same sorts of people who voted for the FMA will be likely to view the ERA as its polar opposite. And if everyone who voted for the FMA votes against the ERA then, well, we’re screwed. Comparatively, if the ERA is ratified through the three-state strategy, it will probably be viewed as valid in at least some jurisdictions, even if others reject it. And that’s better than nothing, which is what reintroduction will get us.