No state or local government entity shall assert special privilege or exemption with respect to established rights granted by the Federal Constitution.
In a free society there is no reasonable excuse for an unequal application of law and justice, especially based on something as arbitrary as geography. Yet the US is built on the assumption that it’s perfectly acceptable for one person to have significantly fewer rights than another person who lives less than a mile away.
The “States’ Rights” doctrine arose as a means for assuring the preservation of slavery in the original Southern states (South Carolina in particular). That it was ever accepted in our nation is a stain on our legacy that we may never scrub clean. That we continue to tolerate any state’s claim that it is somehow exempt from the duty to provide fair and equal treatment to all of its residents is unconscionable.