The U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments November 6th in the Greece Town Board prayer case.
The town is defending its practice of inviting local members of the clergy to lead a prayer before board meetings.
Greece residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens sued the town, charging the practice is a violation of the "establishment of religion" clause in the Constitution. A federal appeals court agreed, but in agreeing to hear the case, the Supreme Court referred to its 1983 ruling in Marsh vs Chambers. The court held then that government bodies may open with an invocation based on an "unambiguous and unbroken history" of legislative prayer dating back to the First Congress.
Both members of the House and Senate, as well as the Obama Administration, have filed "friend of the court" briefs in support of the town.