- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is surveying the state’s 55 county commissions about whether they have prayers at their meetings.

The Republican is pulling information from commission meeting minutes statewide to include in an amicus brief favoring prayers at meetings.

The information would be used to file a brief in a case headed to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The American Civil Liberties Union brought the case against the Rowan County Commission in North Carolina. A federal judge ruled to halt the prayer practice, and the commission voted to appeal it.

Groups have contacted some West Virginia county commissions to request they stop prayers at public meetings.

This month, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation the Parkersburg City Council a letter asking that they stop saying the Lord’s Prayer.

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