Oklahoma voters rejected a state question that would have removed the restriction on using public money for religious purposes Tuesday when they voted down State Question 790.
It would not have superseded the establishment clause in the U.S. Constitution.
Advertisements touting the measure said it would do things such as protect prayer at football games, display the Ten Commandments, and continue faith-based partnerships.
The question came about after that the section of the constitution that it sought to remove was used as grounds to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from the capital.
Before the election, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma called the measure, " an affront to principles of religious liberty that have been with us since our nation’s founding and were so fundamental that the founders of our state saw fit to enshrine in our own constitution. Oklahomans of faith and Oklahomans of no religious faith at all can agree that the matters of belief are too important to be left to politicians."
Last week, U.S. Sen. James Lankford R- Oklahoma said its passage would correct a virus that is in the Oklahoma constitution during a speech before members of the clergy.
He said the section, which is known as the Blaine Amendment, was designed to discriminate against Catholics and was "being used as a vehicle to shut down the faith community."