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Hearing set next month on Forsyth prayer

WINSTON-SALEM — A hearing is set next month on whether the Forsyth County Commission can resume its policy of allowing sectarian prayer before its meetings.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. issued an order Wednesday saying a hearing will be conducted Nov. 20 in Winston-Salem.

The county in June asked the federal courts to drop a 2010 order that banned the commission from having clergy deliver sectarian prayer before its meetings.

The request came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a town in New York did not violate the U.S. Constitution by allowing ministers to deliver Christian prayers at meetings because the town had an inclusive policy.

Forsyth County had used a similar practice before it was blocked by an earlier court order.

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