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A federal appeals court has stayed its ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional when recited in public classrooms.

The next step is an appeal to the Supreme Court. Judge Alfred Goodwin issued the order today. The stay gives the school district 90 days to ask the Supreme Court to review the ruling.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last summer that reciting the pledge in public schools was unconstitutional, because it includes the words “under God.” If the stay had not been ordered, children in public schools in the nine western states and Guam would have had to stop reciting the Pledge next Monday.