The Fourteenth Amendment has been called the most important amendment to the Constitution outside of the Bill of Rights. To what extent have the “due process” clause and the “equal protection” clause of the 14th Amendment influenced social and political developments during the past century?
As exhibited through several court cases, the “Due Process” clause and the “Equal Protection” clause of the 14th Amendment have significantly impacted monumental social and political developments such as the right to privacy, the unconstitutionality of “separate but equal”, and many other vital decisions that have altered the American society forever.
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.
Brown v Board of Education
Regents of the University of California v Bakke