Church-State Relations

For the past 75 years, Drought, Drought & Bobbitt has continuously served as general counsel to major religious organizations. We are proud of our long-standing relationships and service to these clients.

Our work with church/state issues led us to the United States Supreme Court in 1997, where we successfully reversed the orders of a local district court. Local zoning authorities had denied a church a building permit under an ordinance governing historic preservation. Our client brought suit, challenging the ordinance under the RFRA of 1993. The US District Court for the Western District of Texas entered judgment for the city but was reversed when the Supreme court held that the Freedom Restoration Act exceeded Congress’ Section 5 enforcement powers.