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Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors end legal battle to lead prayers at public meetings


DANVILLE, Virginia — The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors is ending its four-year battle to keep its tradition of opening its meetings with a prayer.

A federal judge ruled the supervisor-led prayer was unconstitutional, and the board has decided to leave it at that.

The Register and Bee ( ) reports that state Sen. Bill Stanley announced the decision Tuesday. He's been representing the board.

A county resident, Barbara Hudson, filed a lawsuit against the board over its practice in September 2011. She said the Christian invocations violate the Constitution's prohibition against government establishment of a religion.

During the legal back-and-forth, the board has had residents lead prayers during the board's meetings.

Information from: Danville Register & Bee,

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