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The Supreme Court ruled in favor yesterday of Joseph Kennedy, declaring the former Washington state high school football coach has a constitutional right under the First Amendment to pray on the field after games. The court voted 6-3, split along ideological lines, arguing that because he was praying after the game and his job as the coach was over, the prayers were considered protected speech.

Kennedy was put on administrative leave after defying directives to stop praying on the field after games, which the school said violated the separation of church and state. He sued the school district in 2016, arguing his dismissal violated his rights to freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

The decision is the latest from the court favoring religious liberty, including a ruling last week stating nonsecular schools cannot be excluded from a program that offers tuition grants. See a breakdown of the four cases that remain in the current Supreme Court term.