Title

Bowen v. Roy (1986)

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

In Bowen v. Roy, 476 U.S. 693 (1986), the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the federal government did not violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment by assigning a Social Security number for welfare benefits.

Steven J. Roy, a Native American, did not want the federal government to use a Social Security number for his daughter to provide her with welfare benefits. According to Roy, the use of a Social Security number would prevent his daughter from "becoming a holy person," "rob [her] spirit," and violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.

Publisher

Congressional Quarterly Press

City

Washington, D.C.

Publication Information

Encyclopedia of the First Amendment

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