1976 March 18

Kentucky Finally Ratifies the 14th Amendment


The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, originally adopted July 9, 1868, guarantees people of all races equal protection under the law. On this day, Kentucky became the last state to ratify the Amendment. Ohio had previously ratified but rescinded its ratification. On September 17, 2003 Ohio re-ratified the Fourteenth Amendment.

The crucial Section 1 of the Amendment: “Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State 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 laws.”

Follow a timeline of the adoption of Constitutional amendments: http://www.usconstitution.net/constamrat.html

Learn more: Michael Perry, We the People: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Supreme Court (1999)

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