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Equality California On Supreme Court’s Ruling in Kennedy v. Bremerton
June 27, 2022 at 10:27 am

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2022

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (818) 307-7387/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

WASHINGTON —The United States Supreme Court ruled in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District on Monday that a public school football coach could continue leading public prayer alongside kneeling student athletes from both teams at the 50 yard line at the conclusion of games — overturning decades of established legal precedent. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, submitted an amicus brief in the case in March alongside other LGBTQ+ organizations and today released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang:

“Justice Gorsuch’s majority opinion is yet another dangerous example of this Court overturning decades of precedent to impose the personal religious beliefs of some on the rest of the country — whether that be a public school football coach’s religious beliefs on his team, a legislator’s views on people in their state seeking abortion care or the views of a religious private school on taxpayers now forced to fund them.

“Parents have always been free to send their children to schools that align with their religious beliefs, and coaches who want to lead their players in prayer have always been free to work at private schools where that is encouraged. But students — of any religion or none at all — attending public schools funded by taxpayers should not be coerced into school-sponsored prayer.

“Every public school student deserves to feel safe, supported and welcome at school. Today’s decision undermines that fundamental idea at a particularly dangerous time for our LGBTQ+ students.”

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Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org


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