/ Last Modified August 13, 2012

Challenge to 'Day of Prayer' Dismissed

Superior Court judge disallows lawsuit against governor's declaration

By The Associated Press

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's proclamations declaring a state "day of prayer."

Judge Eileen Willett granted a motion to dismiss with prejudice, meaning the court cannot be asked to rule on the same issue again.

A U.S. District judge in Arizona dismissed the same challenge in December by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The foundation claimed the proclamations violate a constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion and filed suit in Arizona's federal court in March 2010.

Brewer issued a statement Monday applauding the Superior Court for rejecting the lawsuit.

Her office said every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation, and governors of all 50 states issued similar proclamations last year.

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