WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, joined with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in filing an amicus brief with a bi-partisan group of 34 senators in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a landmark religious liberty case, Town of Greece v. Galloway.
This case involves a recent ruling from the New York-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, finding that the Town of Greece, N.Y., had violated the U. S. Constitution by allowing town board meetings to be opened with prayer, states a news release from Hatch's office. The ruling came even though the prayers were welcomed from members of any religion or denomination. It is expected the Supreme Court will hear this case in its upcoming term.
"The Supreme Court has distorted the religion clauses of the First Amendment more than almost any other. Legislative prayers are as old as America, and courts have no business regulating them. This case allows the Supreme Court to return to constitutional sanity on this issue," Hatch said.