Granzeier v. Middleton: Appeals Court Rules Government Offices Can Close Good Friday and Easter

Granzeier v. Middleton: Appeals Court Rules Government Offices Can Close Good Friday and Easter

Granzeier v. Middleton

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Decided: Granzeier v. Middleton - The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that government offices can close for Good Friday and Easter so long as they have a legitimate secular purpose, for example a desire to accommodate the travel plans of employees.

In his dissent, Judge Moore writes:

"In the majority's view, the message transmitted is one of local government officials choosing a holiday date that is convenient for employees and others, while minimizing the religious significance of the holiday.

I believe, on the other hand, that a reasonable observer...would discern state and local government and school officials agreeing to close on a date that has purely Western Christian significance and, thus, would perceive widespread governmental endorsement of religion.

In my view, the reasonable observer would not conclude that convenience dictated the selection of Good Friday as a uniform spring holiday because she would realize that any given Friday or Monday in March or April would serve as well."

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