Amending the Constitution: What
BY VALERIE ORLEANS
From Dateline (May 6, 2004)
|Gordon Bakken, professor of history and an
expert on the U.S. Constitution, poses among the volumes of
law books in the Pollak library, including a set of state constitutional
law books he recently donated to campus. In addition to teaching,
Bakken is a prolific writer and author of more than a dozen
President George W. Bush recently announced
that he supports a constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriages.
But what does amending the Constitution really mean? How does this
affect states’ rights? Gordon Bakken, professor of history
and an expert on constitutional law, answers some of the most commonly
asked questions surrounding this controversy.