PHOENIX — An Arizona appeals court has upheld a ruling that dismissed a
lawsuit challenging Gov. Jan Brewer’s proclamations that declared a state “day
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin-based Freedom From
Religion Foundation failed to show it had standing to file the lawsuit and
didn’t allege any harm done to the group.
The foundation claimed the proclamations violate a constitutional prohibition
against government establishment of religion
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed the lawsuit in August.
The group appealed that decision in a bid to revive its lawsuit.
The foundation also filed a challenge to the proclamations in December 2011,
but that case was later dismissed.
Brewer applauded the appeals court’s ruling and characterized the lawsuit as a
needless challenge to an American custom.