In order effectually to secure the religious and political freedom established by our venerated ancestors, and to preserve the same for our posterity, we do declare that the essential and unquestionable rights and principles hereinafter mentioned shall be established, maintained, and preserved, and shall be of paramount obligation in all legislative, judicial and executive proceedings. This section is unchanged from the 1843 Rhode Island Constitution. Rhode Island’s Royal Charter of 1663 contained no declaration of rights, despite its remarkable guarantee of...
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