Supreme Court Case

Supreme Court Case.


On November 22, 2000, the UDV filed a lawsuit against certain agencies of the federal government for violations of the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). 

RFRA requires that the government not interfere with religious conduct unless it can demonstrate to a court that it has a “compelling interest” in doing so. If it is unable to do so, RFRA requires the government to allow people to practice their religion.

On February 21, 2006 the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision affirming Religious Liberty in the case of Gonzales vs. O Centro Espirita Beneficente União do Vegetal.

Explore an archived record of the UDV’s legal case and the events leading up to the court’s decision.