A challenge to the New Jersey statute restricting sales of headstones by operators of religious cemeteries has been dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp turned back the equal protection and due process challenges to the controversial law. The 2015 revision to the Religious Corporations Law bars operators of religious cemeteries from selling memorials, vaults or mausoleums or from running funeral homes or allowing others to run a funeral home on the cemetery grounds.

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