August 20, 2018

Alan and Judy Gillis have lived in Orrington, Maine, a tuitioning town, for 25 years. Their youngest daughter, Isabella, attended Bangor Christian Schools when the Gillis family joined the lawsuit when it was first filed in 2018. Since their daughter graduated from high school in 2020, however, they are not a party to the Supreme Court appeal. Isabella has previously attended public schools, but Alan and Judy chose Bangor Christian for her because the school’s worldview aligned with their sincerely held religious beliefs. If the Gillis family had selected a non-religious private school for Isabella, the Town of Orrington would have paid her tuition to the private school. But because Alan and Judy chose a religious school for their daughter, Maine prohibited the town from paying Isabella’s tuition to Bangor Christian Schools.

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