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The Equal Rights Amendment: ‘Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.’

“The Church organizational structure was used to tell people about the group [fighting the ERA] and to gain members for the organization [QUEST (conservative) “Citizen’s Quest for Quality Government”]. Each ward was assigned a quota of people to send to organizational meetings… and church-appointed leaders served as leaders of the group. This group… interviewed candidates using what was called by many an extremely slanted questionnaire, and then issued endorsements of candidates, during both the 1976 and 1978 elections. Charges were made during both campaigns that the endorsements of this group were distributed within the Mormon Church, as well as in some Catholic churches and that the famous Mormon Relief Society ‘telephone tree’ was used to spread the word about acceptable candidates.”

~James T. Richardson, The ‘Old Right’ in Action: Mormon and Catholic Involvement in an Equal Rights Amendment Referendum, pages 213-233; in David G. Bromley and Anson Shupe, editors, New Christian Politics, 1984~