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New Mexico Religious Freedom Restoration Act

This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016


State

New Mexico

Number

HB 20

Status

Current

Proposed

Mar 28, 2000

Topics

LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

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New Mexico’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 directly discriminate against religion or among religions; and the 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 whose free exercise of religion has been restricted by a violation of the New Mexico RFRA may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government agency.

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


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