Trinity Lutheran v. Comer was argued at the Court on April 19, 2017 and decided on June 26, 2017.

This is a case about government funding and religious organizations. Did Missouri’s refusal to award a playground resurfacing grant to a church violate the U.S. Constitution? Missouri had a grant program that gave money to non-profits to pay for rubber playground surfaces made from recycled tires. When a church applied for a grant, the state rejected it because the Missouri state constitution has a clause that prevents government money from going to churches or other religious organizations. The church argues that the state discriminated against it on the basis of its religion, violating the Fourteenth Amendment. The state argues that its constitutional amendment is valid and helps ensure the separation of church and state.

Case Summary

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer (2017)

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