Constitution Day 2015
Can't decipher all the jargon in the U.S. Constitution? Use this Interactive Constitution to get clear explanations from Dr. Linda Monk, a constitutional scholar, journalist, and award winning author, and the Annenberg Classroom, presented by the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
The Byrd Amendment requires educational institutions that receive federal funding to teach the Constitution on September 17.
Educators, register here for your school or classroom to take the 2015 Preamble Challenge in order to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17, 2015 and fulfill your Byrd Amendment requirements. You'll receive a free Preamble Challenge Teacher Toolkit to participate in the challenge!
Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was jailed recently for contempt of court due to her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Davis has stated that issuing the licenses would violate her religious convictions against same-sex marriage. Davis was released from jail and is appealing the contempt of court ruling. Get more info here.
In June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a previous case which ruled that state-level bans on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Now, all states are to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.
The First Amendment allows the free expression of religion. The Tenth Amendment defines the balance of power between the federal government and states, and specifies that laws affecting family relations (marriage, divorce, adoption, etc.) are reserved to the states or the people.
Food for thought: Where do you stand on this issue? Is Davis justified in refusing to follow the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling because of her religious beliefs? Should she separate her religious beliefs from her job? Should she have been held in contempt of court?