DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court is upholding the governor’s right to issue Day of Prayer proclamations.
Monday’s ruling reverses a 2012 appeals court decision that found that the proclamations unconstitutionally favored the religious over the non-religious.
The Colorado Supreme Court found that opponents of the proclamations don’t have the right to sue because they weren’t forced to participate in the day of prayer and didn’t suffer any negative consequences from the government.
The court also said the plaintiffs didn’t suffer significant “psychic harm” from media coverage of the prayer proclamations.
Congress established a National Day of Prayer in 1952, and most states hold statewide days of prayers to coincide with the national event.