City of Boerne v. Flores
Significance, Court Limits Scope Of Congressional Power, Impact, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Further Readings
City of Boerne, Texas
Father P. F. Flores, Archbishop of San Antonio, and the United States
That the Religious Freedom Restoration Act exceeded Congress' constitutional powers under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Marci A. Hamilton
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
Douglas Laycock and Walter Dellinger
Justices for the Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas
Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, David H. Souter
Date of Decision
25 June 1997
Ruled in favor of Boerne, overturning two lower court decisions, and held that Congress impermissibly intruded on the powers of the states to enact laws for the general health and welfare of their citizens by enacting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- Employment Division v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990).
Marquand, Robert. "High Court Clips Protections for Religous Freedom in the U.S."The Christian Science Monitor, 26 June 1997.
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