For years, the Forsyth County Board of Supervisors invited local clergy to deliver sectarian prayers at Board meetings; most of the prayers were Christian. In March 2007, the plaintiffs Americans United and the ACLU of North Carolina challenged the Board’s prayer policy in federal court. In January 2010, the trial court ruled that the prayer policy was unconstitutional and had the effect of affiliating the County with Christianity. Read more
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In 2006, Virginia amended its state constitution to limit the legal definition of marriage to that between a man and a woman, and also prohibited the creation or recognition of civil unions short of marriage. Support for the amendment came primarily from religious groups, and its supporters couched their arguments in religious terms. In July 2013, two same-sex couples challenged Virginia’s marriage ban. The federal trial court ruled in their favor, and the state appealed to the U.S.
Challenge to practice of Virginia county board of opening its meetings with a Christian invocation given by invited local clergy.
Opposition to challenge by Virgnia city council member to council's decision requiring that prayers given at beginning of council meetings be nonsectarian.
Challenge to practice of town council members in South Carolina of presenting sectarian prayers before meetings.
Challenge to Virginia Military Institute's policy of holding mandatory daily prayer before dinner.
Opposition to challenge by evangelical organization to Maryland school district's refusal to allow it to advertise its meetings to elementary-school students in the schoolhouse.
Opposition to Columbia Union College's challenge to decision by Maryland Higher Education Commission to disallow it from participating in state grant program because the college was pervasively sectarian.
Challenge by member of Fredericksburg City Council, in Virginia, to Council policy requiring prayer at beginning of meetings to be nonsectarian, on the ground that the policy violated his First Amendment and equal-protection rights.