MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) – A coalition of 22 states is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the practice of lawmaker-led prayer at public meetings.
Alabama is among the 22 states. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined the coalition Wednesday.
The coalition filed an amicus brief Wednesday calling on the Supreme Court to hear arguments in the case of Lund vs. Rowan County (North Carolina) and confirm the constitutionality of public prayer led by lawmakers.
“Such a decision would clear up confusion among the lower federal courts and strike down a recent ruling in the Fourth Circuit that the Rowan County Board of Commissioners’ practice of opening its public meetings with a commissioner-led prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” stated the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.
Marshall says lawmaker-led prayer is “woven into the fabric of American society dating back to the founding of our Republic.”