2011 US Code
Title 42 - The Public Health and Welfare
Chapter 21B - RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION (§§ 2000bb - 2000bb-4)
Section 2000bb-1 - Free exercise of religion protected
|Publication Title||United States Code, 2006 Edition, Supplement 5, Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE|
|Category||Bills and Statutes|
|Collection||United States Code|
|SuDoc Class Number||Y 1.2/5:|
|Contained Within||Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE |
CHAPTER 21B - RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION
Sec. 2000bb-1 - Free exercise of religion protected
|Laws in Effect as of Date||January 3, 2012|
|Source Credit||Pub. L. 103-141, §3, Nov. 16, 1993, 107 Stat. 1488.|
|Statutes at Large Reference||107 Stat. 1488|
|Public Law Reference||Public Law 103-141|
§2000bb–1. Free exercise of religion protected
(a) In general
Government shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section.
Government may substantially burden a person's exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person—
(1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and
(2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
(c) Judicial relief
A person whose religious exercise has been burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government. Standing to assert a claim or defense under this section shall be governed by the general rules of standing under article III of the Constitution.
(Pub. L. 103–141, §3, Nov. 16, 1993, 107 Stat. 1488.)
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