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Supreme Court to hear Greece prayer case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving prayers at public Greece town meetings.

Certiorari was granted earlier today in a case first brought to federal court in February 2008 by Greece residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens.

The town of Greece began inviting local clergy to say a short prayer before its town board meetings in 1999. The two residents had complained that prayer is inappropriate at government meetings and further that prayers were primarily given by Christian clergy.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit a year ago reversed a lower court decision that rejected their claims that the town’s prayer practice was affiliated with a single creed.

The Alliance Defense Fund, which represents the town of Greece and Supervisor John Auberger, appealed the decision.

Arguments will take place in the fall.