The 2-to-1 ruling by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision that found in favor of three health organizations. The groups had sued the government in 2005. They had noted that some organizations advocate for a reduction in penalties for prostitution to prevent interference with outreach efforts.
The U.S. government had required that organizations seeking government funding publicly announce that they oppose prostitution and sex trafficking.
A judge who dissented urged the Supreme Court to decide the issue.