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Thanks for your response Dr. Gutzman.
How ought we to understand the equal protection clause? And how might we argue that this original understanding does not permit the Feds to strike down a state ban?
I bring this up because the AP Government and Politics teacher at my school is having his students role-play the case (they will be the judges, the attorneys, etc.). I want to help the students on the side of the States understand that they have a strong case if we are to take the constitution seriously.