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Bowen v. Roy (1986)
Encyclopedia of the First Amendment
  • John R. Hermann, Trinity University
Document Type
Contribution to Book
Publication Date
1-1-2007
Abstract

In Bowen v. Roy, 476 U.S. 693 (1986), the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the federal government did not violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment by assigning a Social Security number for welfare benefits.

Steven J. Roy, a Native American, did not want the federal government to use a Social Security number for his daughter to provide her with welfare benefits. According to Roy, the use of a Social Security number would prevent his daughter from "becoming a holy person," "rob [her] spirit," and violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.

Publisher
Congressional Quarterly Press
Citation Information
Hermann, J. R. (2007). Bowen v. Roy (1986). In Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press.