Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer – Oral Arguments Recap

Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer.

In 2012, Trinity Lutheran Church applied for a state program in Missouri that reimburses nonprofits for the purchase and installation of rubber playground surfaces made from recycled tires. Trinity Lutheran Church hoped to use the funds from the state program to replace its playground but was denied by the Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources based on a provision of the state constitution that prohibits money from the state treasury from going “directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, or denomination of religion.”

The Trinity Lutheran playground case is the last remaining religious freedom case to be heard before the Supreme Court this term.