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For Immediate Release:
May 09, 2014
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Olga Vega

Commissioner Diaz applauds Supreme Court for upholding tradition of legislative prayer

(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY) – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz is applauding this week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the constitutionality of legislative prayer.

The May 5 ruling in the Town of Greece v. Galloway case upholds the right of city and county commissions and other legislative bodies to open meetings with a prayer.

In December 2012, the Miami-Dade County Commission resumed its tradition of starting meetings with an invocation after eight years of suspending the practice. Commissioner Diaz sponsored the ordinance that restored the custom.

“This Supreme Court decision is a victory for religious liberty and the freedom of speech, and it upholds America’s time-honored tradition of invoking our Creator at the start of legislative meetings,” Commissioner Diaz said.