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South Carolina Religious Freedom Act

This law was last updated on Sep 29, 2016


State

South Carolina

Number

S.C. Code §1-32-10, et seq.

Status

Current

Proposed

Jan 12, 1999

Topics

LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

www.scstatehouse.gov

The South Carolina RFRA prohibits the state from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the state demonstrates that application of the burden to the person is in furtherance of a compelling state interest and the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling state interest.

A “person” is defined to include an individual, corporation, firm, partnership, association, or organization.

If a person’s exercise of religion has been burdened, the person may assert the violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding.

The bill does not specify that a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding must be against the government, which would potentially allow for private citizens to file suit against other private citizens. Therefore, this RFRA does not track the federal RFRA.


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