By Tyler Bauer
This is the third of many blog posts that will be taking a deeper look at the various amendments to the United States Constitution, as well as proposed amendments to the United States Constitution which failed. The text of each amendment is taken from constitutionus.com and information on failed amendments is taken from www.lexisnexus.com.
The Third Amendment
What it Says
“No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
What it Means
In peacetime, soldier cannot be housed in private homes or on private property without the consent of the property owner. During times of war, soldiers can be housed in private homes or on private property, but only if this does not conflict with any applicable laws.
Why it Matters
The Third Amendment was extremely important at the time of its creation. It was created mainly as a response to the Quartering Act of 1765, which required the colonists to house British soldiers in their homes if the barracks – also required to be provided by the colonists – could not house all of the area’s soldiers. The founders were understandably upset by this requirement, so the creation of this amendment was clearly necessary.
Nowadays, the Third Amendment is more or less obsolete. Just by reading the text, one can tell how outdated this issue is. Being forced to house soldiers in our homes seems unthinkable by today’s standards. Occasionally, the Third Amendment will be cited to support one’s right to privacy, but these examples are relatively few and far between. Other than that, the Third Amendment is largely forgotten.