ACLU Sues Franklin Over Town Meeting Prayer

03/03/11 6:06AM

A Franklin County town is in trouble for its practice of beginning town meeting with a prayer.

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has sued the town of Franklin on behalf of resident Marilyn Hackett.

The lawsuit says starting the meeting with a prayer has been done for about ten years. The ACLU argues that praying at the start of the public meeting violates Vermont's constitution and the state ‘public accommodations act'.

Both the town and the town moderator were named as defendants.

Hackett says she's been trying unsuccessfully to stop the practice for years.

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