PIERRE, S.D. — Attorney General Marty Jackley has given South Dakota’s support to a legal defense of prayer at government meetings.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in May it will hear a challenge to the widespread practice of opening federal, state and local government meetings with prayer.

Jackley said Friday he has joined attorneys general in more than two dozen other states who have signed onto a friend-of-the court brief in the case, which involves prayers that took place in a town board in Greece, N.Y.

The states are challenging a federal appeals court decision that found the town violated the U.S. Constitution by opening meetings with prayers that stressed Christianity.

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