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Lemon v. Kurtzman

United States Supreme Court
403 U.S. 602 (1971)


Facts

Pennsylvania and Rhode Island each adopted statutes providing state aid to church-related elementary and secondary schools. Lemon (plaintiff) brought suit in federal district court against Kurtzman (defendant) and other state officials alleging the statutes violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The district court granted the states’ motion to dismiss. Lemon appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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