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Religion and Federal Law Collide

9/11 unveiled extreme Muslim beliefs that challenged U.S. norms and laws. Yet from banning polygamy to legalizing same-sex marriage, the battle between private beliefs and public law rages on.

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You're Exploring Freedom of Belief

Is religion above federal law?

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1876: Religious Belief Challenges Marriage Law

On behalf of the Mormon church, George Reynolds defends the practice of polygamy and presents the first test of the First Amendment free exercise clause.


2015: Using Religion for Work Exemption

Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because she says her religious beliefs don't allow her to endorse the unions.

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