Rapid City mayor reacts to Supreme Court ruling about prayer - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City mayor reacts to Supreme Court ruling about prayer

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the ability of governmental bodies to open with prayer in the case of Town of Greece vs. Galloway. Prayer has been an issue for the Rapid City council, and city leaders are pleased with this ruling.
Last year council members voted to continue with prayer at the beginning of each meeting, despite the threat of a lawsuit. A non- profit organization called the Freedom from Religion Foundation asked Rapid City to stop the  prayer, calling it a civil rights issue.

Mayor Sam Kooiker says the case out of New York is similar to what happened in Rapid City, and no further action will be needed.
"Our city attorney's office has already interpreted the ruling as meaning. It does apply to Rapid City and no further action is necessary. Our current practice has been up held," said Mayor Kooiker.
In August of 2013, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joined 23 other states in a "Friend of the Court" brief filed in the United States Supreme Court saying the U.S. Constitution allows for prayer during governmental meetings and legislative session.
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