The Obama Adminstration appears to be on the side of the town of Greece in an ongoing legal dispute over the practice of beginning board meetings with a prayer.
The Supreme Court will hear a 2008 legal challenge to the practice this fall. It was filed by two Greece women against the town board and supervisor. They claim the ten-year-old prayer practice violates the Establishment Clause within the First Amendment.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals later ruled the prayers were a violation.
"Americans United for Separation of Church and State" is representing the Greece women.
Earlier in August, lawyers for the Justice Department, representing the federal government, filed a brief siding with the town Greece, arguing that the prayers pose no violation of the Constitution.
The nation's highest court is expected to hear the case in October or November. A decision is expected by next June.