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Roanoke City Council member weighs-in on Supreme Court prayer decision

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On Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that local governments do not violate the Constitution by starting meetings with a prayer, even if the prayer is mainly of one faith.

Praying before meetings is a tradition some localities have practiced for years. Roanoke city council member Sherman Lea, is a pastor. He supports the Supreme Court's ruling.

"I believe that in local government when we start our meetings off in prayer is important because it sets the tone for a deliberate and thorough meeting" Lea said.

The Supreme Court Ruling came seven years after two women, a Jewish woman and an atheist, took a town to court for praying before meetings. The woman argued that the prayer aligned the town with one religion.

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