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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
City of Boerne v. Flores
Citation:521 U.S. 507 (1997)
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The Archbishop of San Antonio applied for a building permit to enlarge St. Peter Catholic Church in Boerne, Texas. City authorities denied the application because, under a local historic preservation ordinance, the church was within a historic district. The Archbishop then brought suit, arguing that the permit denial violated RFRA. The city responded that RFRA was unenforceable because it was unconstitutional as applied to state and local governments.
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