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Why is Congress debating a constitutional amendment to prevent flag-burning?

Congress has previously passed legislation prohibiting flag-burning, which the Supreme Court invalidated as unconstitutional on free-speech grounds. Because the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, the Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment will always trump conflicting state or federal legislation. Only a constitutional amendment can authorize Congress — and the states — to pass laws to prohibit flag-burning and override the Supreme Court.

Why are there state laws prohibiting flag-burning when the U.S. Supreme Court has declared such laws unconstitutional?
Why do supporters favor a constitutional amendment prohibiting flag-burning?
Why do opponents reject a constitutional amendment prohibiting flag-burning?
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