An effort to have the phrase “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance is on its way to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
The case was originally brought back in 2012 by an atheist family who claimed that reciting the Pledge with the words “under God” discriminates against their children.
Rather than using the U.S. Constitution as their basis, the plaintiffs are going after the state’s use of “under God,” claiming that it is a violation of the Massachusetts Constitution.
Kimberly Winston of the Religion News Service reported that the strategy follows a blueprint that was used by gay rights advocates a decade ago. In 2003, Massachusetts became the first state to issue gay marriage licenses; using equal rights laws to secure a win. Later, other states followed this model.