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Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act

This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016


State

Illinois

Status

Current

Topics

LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

www.ilga.gov

Illinois law (Ill. Rev. Stat. Ch. 775, §35/1, et seq.) 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.