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Stay request nixed in Pittsylvania prayer battle

Friday - 11/1/2013, 5:30pm  ET

CHATHAM, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge has denied a request from the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors to delay the legal fight over prayers at its meetings.

The board had asked U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanksi to delay the case pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case involving public prayer.

The Danville Register & Bee reports ( that Urbanksi denied that request Thursday, ruling the board failed to meet its burden of establishing a stay is warranted.

Urbanksi issued an injunction in March barring the board from opening meetings with prayers associated with any one religion.

The board has appealed the ruling to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

The 2011 lawsuit was filed against the board by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Barbara Hudson.


Information from: Danville Register & Bee,

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