Supreme Court asked to overturn prayer ruling

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined 22 other attorneys general around the nation in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling prohibiting prayer at the beginning of government meetings.

A brief written by the staffs at the Indiana and Texas attorneys general offices asks the high court to issue a ruling to provide clarity on whether the practice is legal, noting that various federal appeals courts have reached conflicting conclusions.

The brief was filed in a case involving an upstate New York town that a federal court ruled violated the constitutional ban against favoring one religion over another by opening nearly every meeting over an 11-year span with prayers that stressed Christianity.

The brief contends a Supreme Court ruling would enable governments to make informed decisions.

Published: Tue, Aug 6, 2013