Virginia

Religious Liberty in the States Ranking

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30

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Virginia

Religious Liberty in the States Ranking

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30

with a total score of
%
Virginia

State Capitol,
Richmond, VA

Virginia is one of 23 states to enact a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act, consistent with a historic commitment to religious liberty. The conclusion of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, drafted in 1776, asserts that “all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience.” But what is Virginia 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: No

Virginia

State Capitol,
Richmond, VA

Virginia is one of 23 states to enact a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act, consistent with a historic commitment to religious liberty. The conclusion of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, drafted in 1776, asserts that “all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience.” But what is Virginia 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: No