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Blue Law

A law intended to enforce religious morality. In general, blue laws refer to public observance of holy days through the restriction of commerce. While most blue laws in the United States have been repealed, many states restrict the sale of alcohol on Sunday, the Christian Sabbath. Other countries have similar restrictions on Jewish, Islamic and other holidays.

blue laws

Laws that prevent the transaction of certain business on Sundays, prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages any day of the week; and/or place severe limitations on the manner and hours of sale of alcoholic beverages.These laws originated in colonial New England and were printed on blue paper. It is important to know and understand all local blue laws in a market area because,for example, many national restaurant chains will not open locations where Sunday liquor sales are prohibited.

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I ride out three every morning there but my home is only five minutes away so I can get home to Blue Laws in the afternoons," she said.
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More years ago than I wish to recall, I worked closely with Glenn Archer, then executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, on a number of issues, primarily blue laws and education.
Roach, who saw the successful rollback of blue laws in England before moving to Saratoga Springs, had no reservations about opening on a Sunday.
Blue laws are generally associated with religion, and some of the early prohibitions were an attempt to force Christian reverence for the first day of the week on society at large.
In particular the Adventist Church criticizes most other Protestant bodies for worshiping on Sunday, allowing infant baptism, and promoting the passage of blue laws, which restrict the sale of liquor and commercial activities on Sunday.
Whites as well as colored men of this country," Brown said, "ought to deprecate precedents from the negro laws of Georgia, as they would from the blue laws of Connecticut, that tried witches by dunking and flogged husbands for kissing their wives on Sunday.
Addison first achieved national prominence in 1984 as the lawyer who made it possible for Texans to shop on Sunday due to her successful challenge of the constitutionality of Texas Blue Laws.
While there are exceptions that allow certain kinds of stores to open, such as gas stations and florists, the state's blue laws will locally stymie the Thanksgiving Day sales planned by national chains such Macy's and Target.