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Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. Amos (docekt #: 86-179) (1987)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 03/31/1987
Decided 06/24/1987
Supreme Court Vote 9-0
Supreme Court Ruling Establishment Clause claim denied; Applying Title VII’s prohibition against religious discrimination in employment to secular nonprofit activities of religious organizations does not violate the Establishment Clause.
IssueWhether Title VII Section 702, which provides an exemption from Title VII’s prohibition against religious discrimination for religious organizations, violates the Establishment Clause.
Majority Opinion White, J. (joined by Rehnquist, C.J., and Powell, Stevens, and Scalia, J.J.)
Concurring Opinion Brennan, J. (joined by Marshall and Blackmun, J.J.), & O’Connor, J.
Lower Court Ruling Establishment Clause Claim upheld.
For Petitioner
Rex E. Lee

For Respondent
David B. Watkiss

Opinion - Lower Court
Amos v. Corporation of Presiding Bishop of Church, 618 F. Supp. 1013 (D.C. Utah 1985)
Taylor, Stuart, "High Court Allows Churches Widened Leeway in Hiring," New York Times, Jun. 25, 1987, sect. B, pg. 15.
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES & POLICIES (2nd ed., 2002), sect. 12.2.3
Laylock, Douglas, "Towards a General Theory of the Religion Clauses: The Case of Church Labor Relations and the Right to Church Autonomy," 81 Columbia Law Review 1373 (1981)
Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (22nd ed., 1988) sect. 14.7, 14.9
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