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Rhode Island Religious Freedom Restoration Act

This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016


Rhode Island




LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

Rhode Island’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act prohibits the government from restricting a person’s free exercise of religion unless the restriction is in the form of a rule of general applicability, and does not intentionally discriminate against religion, or among religions; and the governmental authority proves that application of the restriction to the person is essential to further a compelling governmental interest, and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

A person alleging violation of this law may take civil action against the government and be awarded injunctive and declaratory relief from a court.

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