The Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up an appeal brought by a Florida city that was sued by individuals who argued it had violated the Constitution when it held a prayer vigil in 2014 in response to a local shooting.
The city of Ocala, Florida, had asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the case, arguing that the plaintiffs did not have standing to bring the lawsuit.
The city said the justices should reject the atheists’ argument for why they had been injured with the prayer ceremony, making it appropriate for courts to hear their case.
Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the court’s decision not to take up the case.
Gorsuch, however, expressed sympathy to the city’s arguments and said that its request that the justices intervene now was “understandable.”
The high court’s refusal to get involved means that the case will continue at the lower court level.
And we’ll raise – continue to raise the issue of standing and, of course, the Establishment Clause,” said Jay Sekulow, an attorney representing the city in the case. »