The Fourteenth Amendment of our nation’s Constitution came to life in the wake of the Civil War with a clear goal: To fulfill the promise of equality made in America’s founding. That is, the equality of all citizens is a self-evident truth that requires a guarantee of equal protection before the law.
Fulfilling this promise, however, hasn’t always been so simple.
In the years since its ratification in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment has become one of the most litigated parts of the Constitution, forming the basis of many landmark Supreme Court cases ranging from segregation to election law to same-sex marriage.
Today, there is a startling call to return to race consciousness in government action, paired with a collectivist movement to supplant individual rights with group entitlements.
America stands at a crossroads. Do we renege on the promise of individual equality to embrace “equity”? Or do we stand strong for the foundational principle of equal treatment under the law enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment?
Please join us on April 27 to learn more about the history and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment in American jurisprudence. Our virtual discussion will also include expert advice on ways to harness the Fourteenth Amendment to revive, protect, and advance the American promise of equality before the law.