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Forsyth County hopes that 4th Circuit is answer to prayers (access required)

Lawyer: If county loses, it will press the case to the U.S. Supreme Court

The legal battle, in which the county lost its first two skirmishes, renewed May 12 with oral arguments in front of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court in Richmond, Va. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners invites local clergy to open meetings with a sectarian prayer. But in 2007, Forsyth County residents Janet Joyner and Constance Blackmon filed a federal lawsuit claiming the Board of Commissioners' policy of inviting local clergy members to give invocations at the start of the board's twice-monthly meetings violated the First Amendment's separation of church and state doctrine.

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