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Churches and other religious institutions are protected from discrimination by municipalities and other local government bodies by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, better known as RLUIPA. This blog by the national leaders in religious land use and zoning law highlights RLUIPA case studies and includes commentary on related news for church leaders and others throughout the country, as well as explanations of components of the RLUIPA law.

RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Lighthouse Rescue Mission – Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The federal court in Hattiesburg, Mississippi has approved a settlement agreement that requires the City of Hattiesburg to allow Lighthouse Rescue Mission (Lighthouse) to operate a Christian-based residential addiction treatment facility in a former school facility in Hattiesburg. Under the terms of the settlement, Hattiesburg […]

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Religious Construction Likely on the Rise, Litigation to Follow?

According to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, a 13-year decline in American religious building construction may soon end. The article states that construction of religious buildings in the U.S. (which includes churches, temples, mosques, and other buildings) peaked in 2002 and has […]

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Local governments continue mistreating churches in land use and zoning matters

AMT Owners Kenny & Beverly Sexton Join in Partnership with Summit Church Pastors Hal and Lisa Boehm. (Photo courtesy American Mountatin Theater) Local governments are mistreating churches across the country. The latest example of this wave of discrimination is making headlines in Elkins, West Virginia, […]

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Hope Rising Church Likely to Succeed on RLUIPA Equal Terms Claim

On October 28, Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of our client, Hope Rising Community Church, and recommended granting the Church’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The Church is located in Penn Hills, […]

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Religious freedom alive and well thanks to little known law  

  Fifteen years after being signed into law, RLUIPA protects churches, temples, mosques and synagogues from the tax-based prejudices of revenue-hungry cities and towns. Can you imagine an American town where people have no place to worship? If not for RLUIPA, a little known law […]

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Court Allows Pennsylvania Mosque RLUIPA Suit to Move Forward

Last week, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania largely ruled in favor of a local Islamic group that sued a local municipality for refusing to allow it to build a mosque in Bensalem Masjid Inc. v. Bensalem Township, No. 14-6955 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 22, 2015). The […]

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Religious Land Use victory in Jacksonville Beach, Florida

  • September 23, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

New church to be built in Jacksonville Beach by Linda Borgstede The new home for Church of our Savior is planned for property near Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach. (artwork submitted) It is the vision of Church of Our Savior members that you will one […]

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Protecting your ministry

  • July 14, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

There are several resources available to protect religious institutions that doctrinally oppose same sex marriages in light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision on the issue. If a pastor publicly opposed same sex marriage, or the ministry leases out space for community events, host […]

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Our latest religious land use cases

Dalton & Tomich PLC's religious land use practice continues to grow and expand. We are currently representing two new clients: the Vineyard Church in South Hackensack, New Jersey and New Life Church and homeless shelter in St. Louis, Missouri. North Jersey Vineyard Church v. South […]

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So why do we need RLUIPA?

  • February 23, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

To understand why we need RLUIPA, we needed to understand why the law was passed in 2000. RLUIPA finds its genesis in the 1963 decision of Sherbert v. Verner, where the United States Supreme Court held that government burdens on religious exercise violate the First […]

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Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the national leader in successfully helping churches, other religious institutions and their insurers defend their rights in land use and zoning matters under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. We have helped clients win cases against municipalities and other local government bodies from coast to coast, with experience serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.