Georgia will join fight to protect lawmaker-led prayer

Attorney General Chris Carr announced on Friday that Georgia will join 20 other states in defending the right of prayer before public meetings. 

In an amicus brief filed with the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the state addresses Bormuth v. County of Jackson. The case was originally brought by Michigan man Peter Bormuth, who sued a Michigan County over the claim that it unconstitutionally allowed Christian invocation to take place before meetings. As a Druid, he said that the practice made him feel coerced to participate in a prayer. 

“The tradition of legislative prayer dates back to our country’s founding,” Carr said. “The amicus brief shows that lawmaker-led prayer, at both the state and local level, has been an integral part of that longstanding tradition, and we have a strong interest in preserving this form of liberty.”

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia also signed the amicus brief.