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Arkansas House Candidates Spar Over ERA

Way over in District 89 in Washington County, Democratic Rep. Jim House is having it out with his GOP challenger, businessman Gene Long, over the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), of all things.

Doug Thompson of the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas reports that the two candidates debated the musty old proposal at a forum in Fayetteville on Monday. House trumpeted his support for the ERA in the last session of the Arkansas General Assembly, Long said it wasn’t needed and might lead to same-sex marriage, and I found myself scratching my head about why we’re discussing this, as it’s not 1982.

The Arkansas Project’s own Dan Greenberg turned his questioning eye on the ERA in a March 2007 op-ed column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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