In 6-3 vote Supreme Court rules that Maine School Tuition Program discriminates against children at faith-based schools

  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Parents’ Right to School Choice: ‘A Great Day for Religious Liberty in America’
  • The case, Carson v. Makin, was a challenge to the constitutionality of a program that pays for students to attend private schools in cases when they would have to commute long distances to reach the nearest public school.
  • Maine agreed to pay for those students to select any private school they wanted, as long as it wasn’t a religious school.
  • The nonprofit religious freedom law firms Institute for Justice and First Liberty Institute filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of three families from small towns in Maine—Orrington, Glenburn, and Palermo.
  • According to Chief Justice John Roberts, “the Maine program, ‘effectively penalizes the free exercise’ of religion.'”
  • Justice Sotomayor said, today, the Court leads us to a place where separation of church and state becomes a constitutional violation.”
  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Tuesday that a Maine school tuition program discriminates against children at faith-based schools as well as “penalizes the free exercise” of religion.

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