Jefferson was actually worried that by having a Bill of Rights, someone would come along in the future and actually think those were the only rights citizens had.
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
As for your second question - while you are at it in your ConLaw research you might want to explore Equal Protection and the 14th Amendment. That should answer your question for you.
Women (Nasty or otherwise) are going to be the reason that Donald Trump is NEVER President!
So you have your supremecy clause, which says that federal law supersedes state law. But you have no federal law that expressly says all gays shall have the right to marry. So all you have is some federal judges who are liberally INTERPRETING the 14th amendment as it fits their agenda, who are then using the supremecy clause to impose their activism on the helpless people of Alabama
2.) who said it was? equal rights is an issue right now because states are violating it and COURT CASES make it an issue. Take away the violations and the feds dont have to get involved . . .its how government works