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Conn. town agrees to end graduations at church

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ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school board has agreed to stop holding high school graduation ceremonies in a church.

The Enfield Board of Education voted Wednesday night to settle a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and a group called Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The organizations sued the board in 2010 for students and parents who objected to having graduations of Enfield and Fermi high schools at The First Cathedral in Bloomfield, where banners read "Jesus Christ is Lord" and "I am GOD." They argued church graduations violated the First Amendment guarantees of religious freedom.

The ACLU of Connecticut says the school board's decision means no one will be "forced into an overtly religious setting" to attend a public school function.

The school board had said the church had enough space at the right price.

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