South Dakota

Religious Liberty in the States Ranking

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18

with a total score of
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South Dakota

Religious Liberty in the States Ranking

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18

with a total score of
%
South Dakota

State Capitol,
Pierre, SD

South Dakota was admitted into the United States in 1889. Among its constitutional provisions is the declaration that “the right to worship God according to the dictates of conscience shall never be infringed.” Additionally, South Dakota is one of 23 states to have enacted a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which became law in March 2021. What else is South Dakota doing to safeguard religious liberty in 2022?

Safeguards

Religious Liberty in the States 2022 measures each state across 29 items that form six groups of safeguards. The list of potential safeguards were identified for their ability to protect the free exercise of religion, as shown by at least one of 50 states adopting a religious liberty protection in the named area. Safeguards were further narrowed to those that could be objectively measured based on a plain reading of state law.

For a more detailed view of how this state stacks up in 2022, select either of the drop-down arrows below for an expanded view of the multi-item safeguards.

Opportunity for Absentee Voting: Yes

Exemptions from Childhood Immunization Requirements: Yes

Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Yes

Employer Exemption from the Contraceptive Mandate: Yes

South Dakota

State Capitol,
Pierre, SD

South Dakota was admitted into the United States in 1889. Among its constitutional provisions is the declaration that “the right to worship God according to the dictates of conscience shall never be infringed.” Additionally, South Dakota is one of 23 states to have enacted a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which became law in March 2021. What else is South Dakota doing to safeguard religious liberty in 2022?

Safeguards

Religious Liberty in the States 2022 measures each state across 29 items that form six groups of safeguards. The list of potential safeguards were identified for their ability to protect the free exercise of religion, as shown by at least one of 50 states adopting a religious liberty protection in the named area. Safeguards were further narrowed to those that could be objectively measured based on a plain reading of state law.

For a more detailed view of how this state stacks up in 2022, select either of the drop-down arrows below for an expanded view of the multi-item safeguards.

Opportunity for Absentee Voting: Yes

Exemptions from Childhood Immunization Requirements: Yes

Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Yes

Employer Exemption from the Contraceptive Mandate: Yes