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Turner v. Fredericksburg

Opposition to challenge by Virgnia city council member to council's decision requiring that prayers given at beginning of council meetings be nonsectarian.

Wynne v. Town of Great Falls

Challenge to practice of town council members in South Carolina of presenting sectarian prayers before meetings.

Mellen v. Bunting

Challenge to Virginia Military Institute's policy of holding mandatory daily prayer before dinner.

Columbia Union College v. Oliver

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.

Turner v. Fredericksburg

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.

Joyner v. Forsyth County

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