NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Five Republican attorneys general are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment adopted into the U.S. Constitution. 

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said the five GOP-led states rescinded their approvals of the ERA amendment before a congressionally mandated ratification deadline more than 40 years ago. 

The Democratic-led state attorneys general argue that the 1982 deadline set by Congress was non-binding.  The five states – Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota – filed a motion on Thursday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Virginia, Nevada and Illinois.

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