The Louisiana Senate has gone on the record as supporting the rights of Louisiana’s students to voluntarily gather for prayer.

With a 39-0 vote Tuesday, senators backed Senate Concurrent Resolution 69 by Sen. Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, that he described as a “clear statement on the student’s right of expression.”

The resolution, which doesn’t have the force of law, says the Legislature supports voluntary prayer in public schools and the right to assemble for “religious expression.” It doesn’t give preference to any particular religion.

The measure heads next to the House for consideration.