I thoroughly enjoyed participating in a program supporting the Equal Rights Amendment hosted by ERA NC in the offices of the Law Firm of Winston and Strawn LLP. There has been a great deal of interest and excitement about NC becoming the 38th and final state to pass the Equal Rights Amendment as a result of the ERA being passed by the states of Nevada last year and the state of Illinois earlier this year. I have introduced a bill seeking the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment here in North Carolina on several occasions, and, in my opinion, it is hard to believe that in the year 2018 that this is even a contentious issue for debate and discussion. It is obvious that women deserve equality in the eyes of the law and this point should be undebatable. If we now, as a country, embrace marriage equality there is absolutely no conceivable reason why we should not embrace gender equality.