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Reynolds v. United States (1879)
Encyclopedia of the First Amendment
  • John R. Hermann, Trinity University
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In Reynolds v. United States, 98 U.S. 145 (1897), the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a federal law prohibiting polygamy did not violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The Court's decision was among the first to hold that the free exercise of religion is not absolute.
Congressional Quarterly Press
Citation Information
Hermann, J. R. (2007). Reynolds v. United States (1879). In Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press.