AUSTIN, Texas -The Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of a ministry to former prison inmates Friday, determining that zoning regulations passed by the city of Sinton to oust the ministry from town violate the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Alliance Defense Fund ally Liberty Legal Institute represented the ministry in the case. ADF provided funding assistance for the appeal to the high court.
“Religious ministries should not be singled out for discrimination by a city’s zoning restrictions,” said Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel of Liberty Legal Institute and an ADF-allied attorney. “The Texas RFRA is a reflection of the strong belief in religious freedom shared by almost all Americans. The Texas Supreme Court has upheld and respected the will of the people and rejected the city’s attempt to circumvent the law.”