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AG Schmidt statement on Supreme Court prayer decision

TOPEKA – (May 5, 2014) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding prayer at the opening of certain public meetings:

“Today’s decision reaffirms that the Constitution does not command abandonment of America’s long tradition of opening certain public meetings with prayer. Although this specific case involved a town council in New York, Kansas joined in support in order to protect the long tradition of opening prayer embraced by both houses of the Kansas Legislature and other public bodies in our state. I’m pleased with the outcome, and we will continue to defend the laws and practices of the state of Kansas against legal challenge.”

The Supreme Court today upheld prayer at the opening of certain public meetings in Town of Greece v. Galloway. Attorney General Schmidt joined in a friend-of-the-court brief encouraging that outcome.