Colorado court upholds Day of Prayer proclamations

November 24, 2014
Photo: Colorado Supreme Court
The Colorado Supreme Court courtroom, located on the fourth floor of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, in Denver, Colorado.

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 the proclamations violated constitutional protections for religious freedom.

The appeals court found that they send a message that government favors the religious over the non-religious. However, the state Supreme Court said opponents don't have the right to sue partly because they weren't forced to participate in the prayer day and didn't suffer any negative consequences from the government.

In a dissenting opinion, two justices said the court should have considered the merits of the case as it did over 30 years ago in a challenge to the Christmas decorations at Denver's City and County Building.