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Decision '86 / Vermont's ERA Referendum #547294

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Nov 01, 1986
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(Burlington, VT: Lisa Myers) Implications of VT's referendum on state equal rights amendment for national ERA examined; details given, scenes shown. State's history of political independence noted. [VT Coalition for ERA spokesperson Nedene MARTIN - cites need for constitutional protection of equal rights.] Role of outside conservative orgs. in fighting ERA described. [Dr. Paul WEAVER - thinks defeat of ERA here will mean final defeat for national amendment.] VT's history of humanrights support described. Opposition said linking ERA to gay marriages, abortion and AIDS. [Eagle Forum spokesperson Phyllis SCHLAFLY - thinks ERA could make AIDS a politically protected disease.] [NOW pres. Eleanor SMEAL - cites fallaciousness of that argument.] Ads of both sides shown.

Chung, Connie;
Myers, Lisa

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