One lasting legacy from the amendments of Reconstruction includes the voting rights granted to African Americans from the 15th Amendment. The 15th Amendment explicitly states that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude". Even though there was much resistance from the South for almost a century due to implemented limitations such as literacy tests, the amendment nationally gives African Americans the right to vote, and led to future suffrage movements such as women suffrage.
Conclusion: Even though the Reconstruction Era was a time meant for improving African American civil rights through implementation of amendments, things did not turn out exactly how the amendments intended there to be. Just like in 21st century America, people always find loopholes to continue prejudices such as refusing certain gay rights. Just as in Reconstruction with black codes and Jim crow laws, Americans today are implementing rules against gay rights. However, just as the Reconstruction had many successes with African American rights such as voting rights, there were successes in gay rights such as gay marriage rights. Overall, the amendments from Reconstruction, just like many other civil rights movements, had both successes and failures, but promoted a lasting legacy for more civil rights movements.