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Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment

This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016




Ala. Const., Art. 1, section 3.01




LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

Article 1 section 3.01 of the Alabama constitution prohibits the government from burdening a person’s freedom of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability unless the government demonstrates that application of the burden to the person is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest, and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

The amendment states that a person whose religious freedom has been burdened in violation of the amendment may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial, administrative, or other proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government.

The amendment does not allow religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore tracks the federal RFRA.