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De Blasio Says He'll Work With Religious Groups That Use Public Schools to Worship

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that he'll work with religious groups that use public schools to worship.

It's the first time that the mayor has spoken on the issue since a court ruling upheld the city's right to ban religious services from public school buildings.

The decision means that the city is legally permitted, although not required, to enforce a ban.

The mayor said he plans to revise city rules to make sure that groups from all religions will be able to access these facilities.

"A faith-based organization has a right, like anyone else waiting in line their turn, paying the same amount as any other organization, to use that space," de Blasio said. "We will, as a result of the court decision, will update our rules and refine our rules to make clear some specific parameters."

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