CASETown of Greece v. Galloway

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In 2008, Americans United for Separation of Church and State sued the town of Greece on behalf of local residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, who claim that continued Christian prayer at the opening of town meetings is unconstitutional. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the town argue that the practice of deliberative bodies to invoke divine guidance and blessings upon their work has always been constitutional.
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US Supreme Court strongly affirms that Americans are free to pray

Religious Freedom

US Supreme Court strongly affirms that Americans are free to pray

Alliance Defending Freedom represents town of Greece, NY in pivotal prayer case

May 05, 2014 Read More

US Supreme Court affirms that Americans are free to pray

Religious Freedom

US Supreme Court affirms that Americans are free to pray

ADF official comment

May 05, 2014 Read More

Town of Greece to Supreme Court: Americans should be free to pray

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Town of Greece to Supreme Court: Americans should be free to pray

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys available to media following oral arguments at U.S. Supreme Court

Nov 05, 2013 Read More

Broad support for prayer reflected in numerous briefs at Supreme Court

Religious Freedom

Broad support for prayer reflected in numerous briefs at Supreme Court

Friend-of-the-court briefs address wide-ranging reasons Americans should be as free as Founders were to pray

Aug 05, 2013 Read More

Prayer will be heard on high

Religious Freedom

Prayer will be heard on high

US Supreme Court to weigh in on prayers presented before public meetings

May 20, 2013 Read More

ADF defends N.Y. town’s right to open meetings with prayer

Religious Freedom

ADF defends N.Y. town’s right to open meetings with prayer

ADF attorneys respond to lawsuit against town of Greece filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Mar 26, 2008 Read More

ADF attorney available to media after hearing over NY town’s right to open meetings with prayer

Religious Freedom

ADF attorney available to media after hearing over NY town’s right to open meetings with prayer

ADF attorneys defend town of Greece in lawsuit filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Aug 12, 2009 Read More

Court rules NY town can open public meetings with prayer

Religious Freedom

Court rules NY town can open public meetings with prayer

ADF attorneys secure favorable decision in legal attack filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Aug 06, 2010 Read More

ADF to appeal strange ruling against NY town’s prayer policy

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ADF to appeal strange ruling against NY town’s prayer policy

2nd Circuit says town should go outside its borders to search for non-Christians

May 17, 2012 Read More

Will 2nd Circuit uphold right of NY town to allow prayer before public meetings?

Religious Freedom

Will 2nd Circuit uphold right of NY town to allow prayer before public meetings?

ADF attorney available to media following oral arguments Monday

Sep 09, 2011 Read More

US Supreme Court asked to weigh in on strange ruling against NY town’s prayer policy

Religious Freedom

US Supreme Court asked to weigh in on strange ruling against NY town’s prayer policy

2nd Circuit said town should go outside its borders to search for non-Christians

Dec 10, 2012 Read More

New support uplifts NY town’s prayer policy

Religious Freedom

New support uplifts NY town’s prayer policy

Supreme Court filings demonstrate breadth of support for historical practice of prayer before public meetings

Jan 08, 2013 Read More
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U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court opinion
U.S. Supreme Court
Supreme Court oral argument transcript
U.S. Supreme Court
Petitioner’s Supreme Court reply brief on the merits
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Brevard County, Florida
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Foundation for Moral Law
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - League of California Cities
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Nathan Lewin
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Rev. Dr. Robert E. Palmer
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - United States
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - 34 members of the U.S. Senate
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - 8 counties and municipalities sued for legislative prayer practice
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - 9 constitutional scholars
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - American Center for Law and Justice
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - American Civil Rights Union
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Southern Baptist Convention and Religious Liberty Commission
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - States
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - The Rutherford Institute
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief -U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Virginia Christian Alliance and others
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Wallbuilders
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Hawaii Letter of Support
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Liberty Counsel
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - 10 theologians
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - South Carolina
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Southeastern Legal Foundation
U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus brief - Justice and Freedom Fund
U.S. Supreme Court
Petitioner’s Supreme Court brief on the merits
U.S. Supreme Court
Petitioner’s reply brief filed with U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
Cert Amicus brief - Members of Congress
U.S. Supreme Court
Cert Amicus brief - Former Nebraska Legislature chaplain brief
U.S. Supreme Court
Cert Amicus brief - State Attorney General - IN, AL, AZ, AR, CO, FL, ID, KS, MI, MS, MT, NE, NM, OK, SC, TX, UT, VA
U.S. Supreme Court
Cert Amicus brief - State Legislative Leaders - AZ, AL
U.S. Supreme Court
Cert Amicus brief - Theologians
U.S. Supreme Court
Petition for writ of certiorari
Appellate Court
2nd Circuit en banc denial
Appellate Court
2nd Circuit order
Trial Court
District court decision and order
Trial Court
Brief in support of summary judgment

Commentary

Resources

Video news release: Town of Greece v. Galloway

SCOTUSblog docket page: Town of Greece v. Galloway

Bio: Thomas G. Hungar

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