The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, in a 5-4 decision, that prayers held before the Town of Greece Board meeting can continue and do not violate the Establishment Clause, reversing the opinion of the federal appeals court. The Supreme Court heard arguments last November, after a federal appeals court ruled that Greece violated the Constitution because nearly every prayer in an 11 year span was overtly Christian.
Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas concurring. Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan filed dissenting opinions joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.
Greece residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens objected to the prayers that traditionally opened Greece town board meetings five years ago.