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Podcast: The Fourteenth Amendment and equality under the law

November 3, 2016 by NCC Staff


National Equality March (Wikimedia Commons photo by Kyle Rush)
National Equality March (Wikimedia Commons photo by Kyle Rush)
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This week, We the People concludes its series on “The Candidates and the Constitution,” in which the statements and proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are compared to the text and history of the Constitution. (Listen to previous episodes on Article IIArticle IIIArticle V, the First Amendment, and the Second Amendment, and the Fourth Amendment.)

We turn now to the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees, among other things, the “equal protection of the laws” to all citizens of the United States.

Ratified after the Civil War as part of the nation’s Second Founding, the Fourteenth Amendment now applies to a range of issues important to modern life, including LGBT rights, abortion, birthright citizenship, and more. Both major candidates have addressed these issues.

Joining We the People to discuss the Fourteenth Amendment and the 2016 presidential campaign are two leading constitutional scholars.

Elizabeth Wydra is President of the Constitutional Accountability Center in Washington, DC.Earl Maltz is Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law. Maltz wrote explainers for the Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution with Erwin Chemerinsky on the Enforcement Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

This show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

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