The Supreme Court allowed a territory to deny the vote to members of a religious sect that advocated an illegal practice.
In the landmark 1879 case, Reynolds v. United States,
By a 9-0 vote, the Court upheld the statute. Taking a very narrow view of both religion and the free exercise clause, Justice Stephen J. Field
Employment Division, Department of Human Resources v. Smith
Religion, freedom of
Reynolds v. United States
Romer v. Evans
Vote, right to