DOJ Involved In Religious Land Use Dispute

Justice Department works to uphold constitutionality of 3-year-old federal law that helps religious groups in zoning clashes.
June 18, 2003, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"A Hawaiian county is the latest to join municipalities across the country that have felt the sting of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The act puts the First Amendment protection of religious freedom into the context of zoning. It prohibits discrimination against religious institutions and assemblies in zoning decisions unless there is a compelling governmental interest. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has become involved in a number of local zoning matters, including the one in Hawaii, to help uphold the constitutionality of the act."

Thanks to Craig Raborn

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Published on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 in Law.Com
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