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Amicus Curiae Brief: Florence Doyle v. Taxpayers for Public Education

Posted on December 1, 2015

The Orthodox Union urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Florence Doyle v. Taxpayers for Public Education case and strike down “Blaine Amendments” contained in many state constitutions that bar state aid to parochial schools. The Colorado Supreme Court relied on that state’s Blaine Amendment to invalidate a school voucher program in Douglas County, Colorado.

In the brief, the Orthodox Union argued that although state Blaine Amendments are typically associated with anti-Catholic bias, “history discloses that they more broadly reflect bigotry toward a number of minority faiths—including Judaism.”

The Orthodox Union expressed its concern that if Colorado’s Blaine Amendment is permitted to stand, it would “perpetuate bigotry against minority religious faiths, hamper efforts to educate children from underserved and underprivileged communities, and prevent parents (especially poor parents) from making meaningful choices concerning their children’s education.”

Click here to read the full text of the brief.