Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Tuesday, May 21, 2018

Some Christian conservative groups say they are planning to challenge a Supreme Court ruling that ended a federal ban on sports gambling outside of Nevada.

The Supreme Court’s ruling came this week, reversing a 1992 law that banned sports betting in every state except Nevada.

Jake Grassel, the executive director of Citizens Against Gambling Expansion, said the group is planning a “vigorous challenge” to the bill.

Just a few weeks ago, Grassel’s organization joined with the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition and the Catholic Conference and Minnesota Family Council to help defeat a fantasy sports bill on the House floor.

Grassel says expanding sports gambling could lead to more gambling addictions and a negative influence on youth.

“You’re going to normalize gambling for kids because they’ll be inundated with advertising during sports games,” he said.

Many states have already been pushing for legalized sports gambling. Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, had been working to bring legislation to legalize sports gambling in Minnesota. With the ruling, he says it’s a chance for the state to provide a “safe, fair and regulated sports gambling experience.”

“This is like Sunday liquor sales on cocaine,” he said. “That’s how excited people are going to be.

“It’s highly unlikely we’ll be able to pass legislation in five days, but what we can do is continue the conversation.”

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