Brett Rurode, a reference librarian in the Kansas State Library at the Statehouse, holds copies of the House and Senate journals from Jan. 10-11, 1867, when the Legislature ratified the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Today, 149 years later, the 14th amendment continues to dominate some of the hottest political issues in the state, from abortion to gay rights, and even school finance.

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