The 14 Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

This amendment, enacted in 1868, could be seen as an American version of the U.K.’s Magna Carta.

This week witnessed the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma, Alabama.  The marchers there were protesting the fact

that voting rights were not extended to all Americans, 97 years after the 14th Amendment’s passage.

Section One of it reads in part:

“…no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its

jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.”

What an irony that, 50 years after the greatest civil rights march in American history, a group most conspicuously denied these

rights are the oldest social unit in human civilization, parents.

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