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• The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that a state law requiring a church-operated children's home to be licensed by the state did not violate the church's constitutional rights. A Baptist church opened a children's home, but did not seek a license from the state. After receiving complaints about the home, a state agency investigated and found numerous violations. The state sought a court order prohibiting the continued operation of the home, and the church responded by claiming that the state licensing law violated the constitutional guaranty of religious freedom. A trial court rejected the church's position, and ordered the church to apply for a license. Rather than apply for a license, the church appealed the trial court's order. The state supreme court unanimously rejected the church's claim that the licensing requirement violated its constitutional rights. It noted that "the regulations ...

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  • September 3, 1990

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