Title

Reynolds v. United States (1879)

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

In Reynolds v. United States, 98 U.S. 145 (1897), the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a federal law prohibiting polygamy did not violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The Court's decision was among the first to hold that the free exercise of religion is not absolute.

Publisher

Congressional Quarterly Press

City

Washington, D.C.

Publication Information

Encyclopedia of the First Amendment

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