A judge has ruled that cheerleaders at a Southeast Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games – a decision that supporters are calling a victory for religious liberty.

State District Judge Steve Thomas ruled Wednesday the Kountze High School cheerleaders’ banners are constitutionally permissible. Thomas determined that no law “prohibits cheerleaders from using religious-themed banners at school sporting events.”

“The court’s order today that the cheerleaders’ run-through banners are constitutionally permissible vindicates our clients’ rights and brings this case to a successful end,” said Roger Byron, an attorney with the Liberty Institute.

“This is a great victory, not only for these cheerleaders, but for religious liberty of student leaders across the country.”

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