West Virginia

Religious Liberty in the States Ranking

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49

with a total score of
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West Virginia

Religious Liberty in the States Ranking

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49

with a total score of
%
West Virginia

State Capitol,
Charleston, WV

West Virginia became the 35th state when it was admitted into the Union in 1863, and guaranteed in its constitution that “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.” But how is West Virginia doing safeguarding 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: No

Exemptions from Childhood Immunization Requirements: No

Religious Freedom Restoration Act: No

Employer Exemption from the Contraceptive Mandate: Yes

West Virginia

State Capitol,
Charleston, WV

West Virginia became the 35th state when it was admitted into the Union in 1863, and guaranteed in its constitution that “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.” But how is West Virginia doing safeguarding 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: No

Exemptions from Childhood Immunization Requirements: No

Religious Freedom Restoration Act: No

Employer Exemption from the Contraceptive Mandate: Yes