“The tradition of legislative prayer dates back to our country’s founding,” Carr said in a statement. “The amicus brief shows that lawmaker-led prayer, at both the state and local level, has been an integral part of that longstanding tradition, and we have a strong interest in preserving this form of liberty.”
In 2005, seven Cobb residents filed a federal lawsuit seeking to halt that practice at board of commissioners and planning commission meetings. But the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta allowed the prayers to continue. Its 2008 decision noted that Cobb allowed religious leaders of all faiths to offer prayers at meetings.