After a unanimous Supreme Court victory, the city of Boston is paying Liberty Counsel $2.1 million.
The religious freedom law firm that represented Boston resident Hal Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization Camp Constitution made the announcement about the settlement this week.
“We are pleased that, after five years of litigation and a unanimous victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, we joined with Hal Shurtleff to finally let freedom fly in Boston, the Cradle of Liberty,” Matt Staver, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman, said.
Liberty Counsel won Shurtleff v. City of Boston at the Supreme Court in May.
The city approved 284 flags between 2005 and 2017, but rejected Shurtleff’s request because it was a “Christian” flag.
Staver celebrated the Supreme Court victory as overturning the Lemon Test.
“The hard truth is, Lemon’s abstract and ahistoric test put ‘policymakers … in a vise between the Establishment Clause on one side and the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses on the other,’” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in a concurring opinion.