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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
City of Boerne v. Flores
Citation:521 U.S. 507 (1997)
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Boerne, Texas has a Catholic Church built in 1923. Its parish grew and could no longer fit everyone, and so it got permission from the Archbishop to enlarge the building. The City of Boerne passed an ordinance authorizing the Historic Landmark Commission to develop a preservation plan for landmarks, under which construction affecting landmarks must be preapproved. The Commission denied the application to expand the Boerne church. The Archbishop brought this lawsuit against the City arguing that the denial of their application was a violation of RFRA. The issue became distilled to whether RFRA is unconstitutional.
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