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Larson v. Valente (docket #: 80-1666) (1982)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 12/09/1981
Decided 4/21/1982
Supreme Court Vote 4-1-4
Supreme Court Ruling Establishment Clause claim affirmed
IssueWhether a Minnesota statute imposing certain registration and reporting requirements only on those religious organizations that solicit more than fifty per cent of their funds from nonmembers, discriminates against such organizations in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Majority Opinion Brennan, J.
Concurring Opinion Stevens, J.
Dissenting Opinion White, J. (joined by Rehnquist, J.), & Rehnquist, J. (joined by White, J., Burger, C.J., and O'Connor, J.)
Lower Court 8th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling Establishment Clause claim upheld
Oral Arguments Audio (Oyez)  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
Larry Salustro, Special Assistant Attorney General of Minnesota

For Respondent
Barry A. Fisher

For Amicus
Charles S. Sims and Bruce J. Ennis for the American Civil Liberties Union et al.

Greater Minneapolis Association of Evangelicals

Lee Boothby for the Americans United for Separation of Church and State Fund, Inc.

Nathan Z. Dershowitz for the American Jewish Congress

Robert L. Toms for the Center for Law and Religious Freedom of the Christian Legal Society

Robert W. Nixon for the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists et al.

News Stories & Commentary
Mann, Jim, "Court Strikes Down Minnesota Law Regulating Moon's Church," The Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1982, Sect. D, p. 9
"Rule on Fund Raising by Sects is Overturned by High Court." New York Times, April 22, 1982, Section D, p. 23
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.)(2006), pp. 81, 1200
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