In a precursor to a Nov. 6 Supreme Court case, three groups from the Town of Greece assembled a panel discussion on whether having prayer before Greece Town Board meetings is unconstitutional.
The meeting, titled "The Future of Legislative Prayer in America" talked about whether prayer before meetings is a violation of the First Amendment.
The ACLU is supporting the plaintiffs.
"We believe at the ACLU that the government should not be allowed to impose a prayer specific to one faith on you as the price of admission for attending your local governmental meetings, and that's what's happening in Greece, New York," said ACLU attorney Heather Weaver.
"Well, we certainly support the town. What they're doing is consistent with hundreds of years of history in this country and it's certainly consistent with what the Supreme Court has said is constitutional, so the town reached out to us and we're happy to help them," said Brett Harvey, Alliance Defending Freedom.
Harvey said the Town of Greece has had overwhelming support for preserving prayer in meetings, and cites support in 26 states, and from 85 members of the U.S. House and 34 members of the Senate.