Good News Club v. Milford Central School

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Good News Club v. Milford Central School
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Date decided June 11, 2001
Appealed from 2nd Circuit


Milford Central School ("Milford") allowed district residents to use its building after school hours for specific purposes. Milford expressly prohibited use for religious purposes.

Good News Club ("Good") was a private Protestant Christian organization for children.

Good applied to use Milford for prayers, indoctrination, and its other Christian activities. Milford turned down Good's request.

Procedural History

Good sued Milford in the federal district court in northern New York for violation of Good's right to free speech under the 1st Amendment.

Milford wins at the district court and 2nd Circuit.


Can religious instructions be excluded from a limited public forum?


Milford argued that its exclusion of after-school religious training was to avoid an Establishment Clause violation.


Milford may not exclude religious speech from its limited public forum.