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ND governor signs vital religious freedom bill

Monday, Apr 3, 2023

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Greg Chafuen regarding North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s signing Thursday of HB 1136, a bill that ensures that North Dakotans are free to live and work according to their faith without fear of unjust government punishment:

“Citizens shouldn’t be left defenseless when their government attempts to burden their ability to live and worship according to their faith. This law provides a sensible balancing test for courts to use when reviewing government policies that infringe upon the religious freedom rights of North Dakotans. The law doesn’t determine who will win every disagreement, but it does ensure that every North Dakotan—regardless of their religious creed or political power—receives a fair hearing when government action forces a person to violate his or her religious beliefs. We commend the North Dakota Legislature and Gov. Burgum for enacting this important legislation, setting the stage to ensure that freedom of religion is protected for all North Dakotans.”

  • Pronunciation guide: Chafuen (CHAFF’-wen)

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Greg Chafuen

Greg Chafuen serves as legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom’s Center for Public Policy. He focuses on legislation impacting religious liberty at the state level. Prior to joining ADF, Chafuen spent three years as a white-collar defense litigator at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Washington, D.C. and one year as a law clerk to the Hon. Alice Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Chafuen earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, graduating cum laude in 2015. While at Notre Dame, he served as president of the Notre Dame chapter of the Federalist Society, a member of a journal’s editorial board, and a member of the moot court board. He is a 2013 Blackstone Fellow and a Rumsfeld Foundation Fellow. Chafuen is admitted to the bars of Virginia and Washington, D.C.