Hamilton County Commission Prayer Ruling Appealed

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Two men seeking to stop public prayer before Hamilton County Commission meetings have filed an appeal of a federal judge’s refusal to issue a temporary injunction.
Attorney Robin Flores told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/TsT5NG ) he filed the appeal Monday on behalf of his clients, Tommy Coleman and Brandon Jones.
The filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals came after U.S. District Court Judge Harry S. “Sandy” Mattice declined in August to issue a restraining order. Mattice said it was too soon to determine whether new prayer rules adopted by commissioners were inclusive of faiths besides Christianity.
County legal counsel Steve Duggins and County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Tuesday they couldn’t comment because they had not yet read the appeal brief.
Coleman and Jones filed suit in June.

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