Court of appeals rejects challenge on Arizona Day of Prayer - Tucson News Now

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Court of appeals rejects challenge on Arizona Day of Prayer

(Source: CBS 5 News) (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The Arizona Court of Appeals has rejected a legal challenge against the longstanding tradition of the governor declaring a Day of Prayer.

The court's decision Tuesday found the plaintiffs, including the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, lack legal standing to sue because they haven't proved they were injured by Gov. Jan Brewer's proclamations.

The suit, which was filed by the Freedom from Religion Foundation in March of 2010, challenged the constitutionality of the governor's proclamations in 2009 and 2010, as well as a separate Day of Prayer proclamation issued for the state budget on Jan. 17, 2010. The challenged was dismissed in December 2011.

The plaintiffs re-filed in Arizona Superior Court, which dismissed the case in August 2012.

Brewer proclaimed May 2 as this year's Arizona Day of Prayer.

Brewer released the this statement following the court's ruling on Tuesday.

"I applaud the Arizona Court of Appeals for rejecting this needless legal challenge to an American custom and tradition. Given the plaintiffs' string of legal defeats in both federal and state court, I am hopeful today's ruling will be the final word on this issue.

"For centuries, Americans of every race, creed and color have voluntarily come together to embrace a founding freedom and pray for wisdom and strength. This is an American tradition, and one I've been proud to commemorate each year I've been Governor by proclaiming an Arizona Day of Prayer. It is all the more important during these troubled times in which we live.

"I thank the Court for its wisdom today, and pledge to continue defending the right of Americans to come together in voluntary days of prayer."

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