Conn. Town Agrees To End Graduations At Church

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut school board has agreed to stop holding high school graduation ceremonies in a church.

The Enfield Board of Education voted Wednesday night to settle a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The groups sued the board in 2010 on behalf of students and parents who objected to holding graduations for Enfield and Fermi high schools at The First Cathedral in Bloomfield, where banners read "Jesus Christ is Lord" and "I am GOD." They argued that the church graduation ceremonies violated the First Amendment guarantees of religious freedom.

The ACLU of Connecticut says the school board's decision means no one will be "forced into an overtly religious setting" to attend a public school function.

The school board had said the church had enough space at the right price.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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