Multiple parties, including 19 states and 34 members of Congress, filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of ensuring that children aren’t denied the benefit of a playground safety program simply because a church owns the playground. The briefs support a church-run preschool and daycare center that the state of Missouri said is qualified for the program, which provides reimbursement for recycled tire products to surface children’s playgrounds, but then disqualified from the program anyway only because the church is religious. Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the church, filed its opening brief on April 14.

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