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Inc. v. City of Hialeah Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye



Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc.


City of Hialeah

Petitioner's Claim

Animal sacrifices should be allowed in rituals of religion.

Chief Lawyers for Petitioner

Douglas Laycock, Jeanne Baker, Steven R. Shapiro, Jorge A. Duarte

Chief Lawyers for Respondent

Richard G. Garrett, Stuart H. Singer, Steven M. Goldsmith

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Anthony M. Kennedy (writing for the Court), Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

11 June 1993


Religious sacrifices are allowable.

Related Cases

  • Swanson By and Through Swanson v. Guthrie Independent School Dist. No. I-L, 135 F.3d 694 (1998).

Further Readings

  • Boadle, Anthony. Reuters, 22 May 1997.
  • Greenhouse, Linda. "Court, Citing Religious Freedom, Voids a Ban on Animal Sacrifice." New York Times, 12 June 1993.
  • Rohter, Larry. "Santeria Faithful Hail Court Ruling." New York Times, 13 June 1993.

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