Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding the Hardin County District Court's decision to grant an injunction allowing Kountze High School cheerleaders to continue expressing their religious beliefs at school football games:
"Today's ruling is a victory for all who cherish our inalienable right to freedom of speech and religious expression. I am proud of the cheerleaders at Kountze ISD for standing firm in the knowledge of these endowed rights and their willingness to be an example in defending those rights, which a secular group has needlessly tried to take away.
"I commend Attorney General Abbott for intervening in their case and will continue working with him and other state leaders to protect people of all religious backgrounds and ensure all Texans have the right to voice their opinions and worship as they choose."