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This template summarizes information about an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

How to use[edit]

Format[edit]

All parameters, vertical format
{{infobox US constitutional amendment
| amendment       =
| image           = 
| imagesize       =
| caption         = 
| summary         =
| status          =
| proposed        =
| ratified        =
| terminated      = 
| repealed        =
| text            =
| cases           =
}}
All parameters, horizontal format
{{infobox constitutional amendment |amendment= |image= |imagesize= |caption= |summary= |status= |proposed= |ratified= |terminated= |repealed= |text= |cases= }}

Parameters[edit]

This infobox takes a number of parameters, which are optional unless indicated otherwise. The order in which they are specified is not material:

amendment

The name of the constitutional amendment as it should appear in the infobox. If the parameter is omitted, the article name is used.

image

An image to represent the amendment, if there is such an amendment. In most cases, there will not be, and there is no need to include an image. If included, specify the name of the image without the "File:" prefix and do not wikilink it. Note that only images that have been released under a free licence should be used here. Such images should preferably be uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons. Do not use images under a (supposed) "fair use" justification, as the use of such images in infoboxes probably does not constitute fair use.

imagesize

The width of the image, if any, in pixels, particularly if it is less than 180 pixels (px). Type the number without the "px" suffix ("150", not "150px"). If this parameter is omitted or called but left blank, the image size defaults to 180px.

caption

A caption for the image, if any.

summary

A short summary of the amendment.

status

The status of the amendment. This can be one of:

Proposed for an amendment that has been informally proposed, but not approved by Congress;
Approved for an amendment that has been approved by Congress and sent to states for ratification, but has not yet been ratified or terminated;
Ratified for an amendment that has been certified as ratified and made part of the Constitution;
Terminated for an amendment that had been approved by Congress and sent to states for ratification, but whose ratification has failed.
Repealed for an amendment that had been made part of the Constitution, but has since been repealed. Currently, the Eighteenth Amendment is the only such amendment.
proposed

The date the amendment was formally proposed by Congress.

ratified

The date, if any, on which the amendment was ratified.

terminated

The date, if any, on which the amendment formally failed to achieve required ratifications and was terminated.

Note that only one of the ratified= and terminated= parameters should be specified.

repealed

The date, if any, on which the amendment was repealed.

text

Text of the constitutional amendment. Use this parameter only if the text is very short; otherwise, the text in the body of the article will be sufficient.

cases

A short list of cases (no more than 3-5) construing the amendment. Entries here should be limited to those from the Supreme Court of the United States, unless no such cases exist.

This parameter should only be used where there is no navbox specific to the amendment (such as, for example, {{US1stAmendment}}). Where such a navbox exists, do not use the cases= parameter. Instead, include the applicable navbox at the bottom of the article if it is not already present.

For amendments where a large number of Supreme Court cases have construed the amendment and no navbox specific to the amendment exists, a small number of representative cases may be included; but consider creating such a navbox instead.

Examples[edit]

Example 1: a ratified amendment[edit]

Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Summary Established the popular election of United States Senators by the people of the states
Status Ratified
Proposed by Congress May 13, 1912
Proposal H.J.Res. 39, 62nd Cong.
Ratified by the States May 31, 1913
Notable cases construing Trinsey v. Pennsylvania

For Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution:

{{infobox US constitutional amendment
|amendment=Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
|summary=Established the popular election of United States Senators by the people of the states
|status=Ratified
|proposed=May 13, 1912
|ratified=May 31, 1913
|cases=''[[Trinsey v. Pennsylvania]]''
|cite=[https://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/17th-amendment/enrolled.html H.J.Res. 39], 62nd Cong. 
}}

Example 2: an unratified, terminated amendment[edit]

District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment
Summary To provide the District of Columbia with full representation in Congress and the Electoral College
Status Terminated
Proposed by Congress August 22, 1978
Proposal H.J.Res. 554, 95th Cong.
Terminated August 22, 1985

For District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment:

{{infobox US constitutional amendment
|amendment=District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment
|summary=To provide the District of Columbia with full representation in Congress and the Electoral College 
|status=Terminated
|proposed=August 22, 1978
|terminated=August 22, 1985
|cite=[https://www.congress.gov/bill/95th-congress/house-joint-resolution/554 H.J.Res. 554], 95th Cong. 
}}

Example 3: an amendment that was considered by never formally proposed in Congress[edit]

Bricker Amendment
John William Bricker (Gov., Sen. OH).jpg
Senator John Bricker, proponent of the Bricker Amendment
Summary To restrict the scope and ratification of treaties and executive agreements entered into by the United States
Status Proposed

For Bricker Amendment:

{{infobox US constitutional amendment
|amendment=Bricker Amendment
|image=John William Bricker (Gov., Sen. OH).jpg
|caption=Senator John Bricker, proponent of the Bricker Amendment
|summary=To restrict the scope and ratification of treaties and executive agreements entered into by the United States
|status=Proposed
}}