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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Freedom in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue Decision

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June 30, 2020

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For Immediate Release: 6.30.20
Contact: Lacey McNiel, media@firstliberty.org
Direct: 972-941-4453

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Freedom in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue Decision
First Liberty Institute client filed amicus brief in case involving religious discrimination by State of Montana

Washington, DC—Today, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the First Amendment right of religious organizations to participate in publicly funded programs in its opinion in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.

“Again today the Supreme Court held that the U.S. Constitution prevents the government from treating religious organizations and schools unequally,” said Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO, and Chief Counsel to First Liberty Institute.  “The Justices made it clear that states cannot legally discriminate against religious organizations when they perform the same work secular institutions do.  This is a victory for religious liberty.”

First Liberty Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Espinozas, partnering with Joshua Davey, who was denied a scholarship by the State of Washington because of its Blaine Amendment.  Davey intended to use that scholarship to study for religious ministry at a religious college.  His case went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004 where the court upheld Washington’s decision in Locke v. Davey.

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