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Albemarle Supervisors Split on Equal Rights Amendment

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Albemarle County supervisors are split on whether to support an equal rights amendment to the Constitution. The amendment would guarantee equal rights for women.

This amendment is nothing new; it has been in discussion since the 1970s, and on the board of supervisor's agenda for years. But Wednesday, the board did not fully support the amendment for the first time.

The vote does not impact any policy decisions, but rather sends a message to the General Assembly saying the county of Albemarle is not in full support of codifying equal rights and protection for women in the Constitution.

Scottsville District Supervisor Chris Dumler said, "This board has always in the past, 6-0, unanimously supported it and today there were three individuals who felt otherwise."

The final tally was 3-3, with supervisors Ken Boyd, Duane Snow and Rodney Thomas opposing, and supervisors Ann Mallek, Dennis Rooker, and Dumler supporting.

Virginia is one of 15 states that never ratified the equal rights amendment. The amendment requires three more state ratifications to be added to the constitution.

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