Colo. lawsuit could 'allow' church to serve kids

Friday, July 7, 2017
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Bible 2The United States Supreme Court has ordered the Supreme Court of the state of Colorado to revisit a case following its decision that ruled Missouri's Blaine Amendment violated the U.S. Constitution.

The state of Missouri was sued for refusing to grant the daycare program of Trinity Lutheran Church some rubberized material for its playground -- solely because it was run by a church.

Institute for Justice Senior Counsel Michael Bindas argues that the Colorado Supreme Court used its state's Blaine Amendment to block a scholarship program.

"And now, the Colorado Supreme Court is going to have to apply those same principles in the Douglas County case, and if it applies those principles correctly, it should come to the same conclusion – that Colorado's Blaine Amendment may not be used to disfavor, to bar, religious options from a school choice program," Bindas informed.

The legal expert noted that he is confident the scholarship program will be restored after six long years of litigation.

"Douglas County tried to give its families every opportunity for the best education possible for their children, and while the Colorado Supreme Court's decision back in 2015 took that opportunity away, we're very hopeful – and we're very confident – Douglas County families will get it back very soon," Bindas assured.

The justices also ordered the Supreme Court of New Mexico to review a case in which its Blaine Amendment was used to block a textbook-lending program for private schools.

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