White House Backs Town Of Greece Ny In Prayer Dispute

08.15.13 | Sarah Harnisch

When town lawyers head to the U.S. Supreme Court this fall, they will have the White House behind them. Lawyers for the Obama administration have filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the town with the U.S. Supreme Court this month. The case is an appeal of a lower court ruling that said Greece ran afoul of the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion by praying before town board meetings. Two residents sued in 2008, saying the practice was exclusinary. The Obama administration argued it's part of the nation's long-standing tradition of legislative prayer and is not an endorsement of religion. Oral arguments in the case will be heard by the court this all.