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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Daines and Gianforte Support Outside Group Attack on Montana Constitution
In Espinoza Brief, Daines and Gianforte Attack Constitutional Provision Promoting Religious Liberty
Helena, MT – The United States Supreme Court today heard arguments in Espinoza v. Department of Revenue, a case originating in Montana that asks whether public tax dollars can be directed towards private, religious schools.
The Montana constitution is clear — state dollars can’t fund religious education. This provision promotes religious liberty by ensuring that no one is subjected to another’s religious beliefs using public money — the Montana Supreme Court upheld this provision when they threw out the law in question.
Out of state legal activists have now appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to undermine Montana’s constitution. They’ve found vocal allies in Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte, who filed a brief in support of the attack on religious liberty.
“Montanans expect their elected representatives to defend our state’s constitution — not side with out-of-state groups attacking our core values” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “This lawsuit threatens to restrict religious liberty and undermine public education funding in Montana and across the country. Congressman Gianforte and Senator Daines should be ashamed of this blatant attack on Montana values.”
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