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  • Hatch Files Amicus Brief in Religious Liberty Case
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    Published - 08/07/13 - 01:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Religious Liberty
    Religious Liberty
    (WASHINGTON, DC) – Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) joined with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) 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, New York had violated the U. S. Constitution by allowing town board meetings to be opened with prayer. 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,” said Hatch.

    In addition to Hatch and Rubio, the amicus brief has been signed by Senators, Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ), Dan Coats (R-IN), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Hoeven (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rob Portman (R-OH), James Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Tim Scott (R-SC), John Thune (R-SD), Pat Toomey (R-PA), David Vitter (R-LA), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

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