This book should be used by anyone with an interest in religious freedom questions, issues in corporate personality, and LGBT rights. This book compiles all current state religious freedom acts. A table of documents lists where legislative intent or other legislative history materials may be found (though admittedly, there are not many). The editor notes where acts failed to pass and provides a bibliography that will be helpful for general research.
Recent interest in religious freedom restoration laws has its origins in the early 1990s with the passage of the federal Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. After the Supreme Court in 1997 found that the Act applied only to the federal government in City of Boerne v. Flores, 521 U.S. 507 (1997), states began adopting these types of laws. Interest in this matter has skyrocketed since Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014), in which the Supreme Court held that a for-profit corporation could hold religious beliefs. More recently, these acts have made headlines in relation to LGBT issues and the inclusion of same-sex couples in the right to marry in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015).
State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts: A Compilation of Enacted and Recently Proposed Legislation (William H. Manz ed., 2015). KF 4783 .Z95 S73