Pittsylvania County board prayer injunction upheld

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld an injunction that bars the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors from opening meetings with prayers associated with a specific religion.

Pittsylvania resident Barbara Hudson filed the lawsuit in 2011, claiming the Christian invocations violate the Constitution’s prohibition against government establishment of a religion.

The county argued that the Supreme Court has upheld such traditions of allowing members to open meetings with prayers as long as it isn’t used to proselytize or to disparage any faith.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski modified his 2013 injunction based on another U.S. Supreme Court Case, but refused to dissolve it altogether.

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