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 (http://bit.ly/1BV0T2M ) 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, http://www.registerbee.com