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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri will be allowed to get state funding to update a playground for safety reasons. The state of Missouri denied the funding claiming that religious institutions can't be funded by the state. 

According to CNN's legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, a footnote appears in the majority decision that says the case is only about playgrounds. The church argued that the playground equipment was not for the church but for a secular daycare program. 

"This case involves express discrimination based on religious identity with respect to playground resurfacing. We do not address religious uses of funding or other forms of discrimination," footnote number three reads.

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