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State Constitution Preambles

 

    Various  State Constitution  Preambles

    Alaska

    We the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil, and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska.


    Colorado

    We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Rulerof the Universe, in order to form a more independent and perfect government; establish justice; insure tranquillity; provide for the common defense; promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the "State of Colorado".


    Idaho

    We, the people of the state of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our  freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare do establish this Constitution.


    New  Mexico

    We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a state government, do ordain and establish this constitution.


    Connecticut

    The People of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government; do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors;  hereby, after a careful consideration and revision, ordain and establish the following constitution


    Florida

    We, the people of the State of Florida, being grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, in order to secure its benefits, perfect our government, insure domestic tranquility, maintain public order, and guarantee equal civil and political rights to all, do ordain and establish this constitution


    Georgia

    To perpetuate the principles of free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace, promote the interest and happiness of the citizen and of the family, and transmit to posterity the enjoyment of liberty, we the people of Georgia, relying upon the protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ...


    Kansas

    We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges, in  order to insure the full enjoyment of our rights as American citizens, do ordain and establish this constitution of the state of Kansas, with the following boundaries,


    Maine

    Objects of government. We the people of Maine, in order to establish
    justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote
    our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the
    blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness
    of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity,
    so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in
    its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and
    independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do
    ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of
    the same.


    Massachusetts

    ...We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence or surprise, of entering into an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and of forming a new constitution of civil government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain and establish the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of  Government, as the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...


    Michigan

    We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, and earnestly desiring to secure these blessings undiminished to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution


    Minnesota

    We, the people of the state of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution


    Mississippi

    We,  the  people  of  Mississippi  in  convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and involving his blessing on our work, do ordain and establish this Constitution


    Montana

    We the people of Montana grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains, and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations do ordain and establish this constitution


    Nebraska

    Constitution of the State of Nebraska, Preamble 1875:  We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, do ordain and establish the following declaration of rights and frame of  government, as the Constitution  of the  State of  Nebraska.

    Constitution of the State of Nebraska, 1875 (has since been removed):
    The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm
    adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by
    frequent recurrence to fundamental princples.


    New Jersey

    We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to  secure and transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


    New Mexico

    We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a state government, do ordain and establish this constitution.


    North Carolina

    We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God,  the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of th>


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    nce of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us  and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better   government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.


    Ohio

    Note:
    Ohio does not have God in preable but an article on religious freedom supports morlity and virtue.

    * CONST I Sec. 7 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM; ENCOURAGING
    EDUCATION

    All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience. No person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or maintain any form of worship, against his consent; and no preference shall be given, by law, to any religious society; nor shall any interference with the rights of conscience be permitted. No religious test shall be required, as a qualification for office, nor shall any person be incompetent to be a witness on account of his religious belief; but nothing herein shall be construed to dispense with oaths and affirmations. Religion, morality, and knowledge, however, being essential to good government, it shall be the duty of the General Assembly to pass suitable laws, to protect every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship, and to encourage schools and the means of instruction.


    Pennsylvania

    WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


    South Dakota

    We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties, in order to form a more perfect and independent government, establish justice, insure tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and preserve to ourselves and to our posterity the blessings of liberty, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the state of South Dakota.


    Washington

    We, the people of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler ofthe Universe for our liberties, do ordain this constitution.


    Wyoming

    We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political and religious liberties, and desiring to secure them to ourselves and perpetuate them to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution