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According to the Constitution of the United States, who is bound to support the...

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Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:22 AM via web

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According to the Constitution of the United States, who is bound to support the Constitution?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 2, 2012 at 1:01 AM (Answer #1)

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This question refers to language that is found in Article VI of the Constitution of the United States.  There, we are told who has to swear or affirm that they will support the Constitution. 

Article VI tells us that essentially all members of the government have to swear or affirm that they will support the Constitution.  This applies to members of the federal government, but also to members of the state governments.  Article VI lists the following people who must swear or affirm that they will support the Constitution:

  • Members of the House and Senate
  • Members of the state legislatures.
  • All officers of the executive branch, both state and federal.
  • All officers of the judicial branch, both state and local.

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