[–] Fpccgc 0 points (+0|-0)

The Equality Act and Equal Rights Amendment are different, right?

[–] Perseph265 [OP] 0 points (+0|-0)

Yes; the ERA was proposed in the late 1970s and sought to end legal distinction between men and women in things like divorce, property ownership and employment (the goal being women would then have the same rights as men in these spheres). It was defeated after Phyllis Schlafley and others mobilized a large conservative opposition, and some labor feminists became more vocal in saying that such a move would end sex-specific protections for women in the labor force.

The Equality Act seeks to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected category of 'sex'.