Tune up the DeLorean! The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution eliminating the 1982 deadline (yes, 38 years after the deadline passed) for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The change comes largely in response to Virginia – becoming a democratic trifecta state in 2019 for the first time in history – becoming the 38th (and final) state required for ratification of the proposed constitutional amendment. Notwithstanding the Virginia ratification, there are many court and political battles to be decided on the issue before it officially becomes the 28th amendment to our Constitution. Aside from rescinding a deadline almost 40 years after it passed, there are another 5 states (Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, South Dakota and Idaho) that, having originally passed the amendment, have since rescinded their ratification. In addition, there is a legal debate as to whether any deadline on ratification is valid as the Constitution does not require ratification within any particular timeframe. Questions surrounding the validity of the ERA will continue to swirl for the foreseeable future!