On November 4, 1992, oral arguments took place in the Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah case at the United States Supreme Court. The question presented was- did the City of Hialeah violate the Church’s constitutional rights when it passed resolutions to prohibit their animal sacrifice ceremony. The Court held that it did.
Justice Kennedy, who authored the Court’s opinion, explained—“Legislators may not devise mechanisms, overt or disguised, designed to persecute or oppress a religion or its practices. The laws here in question were enacted contrary to these constitutional principles, and they are void.”