A group calling itself Return America plans to rally Monday evening in support of Rowan County commissioners in their effort to open public meetings with sectarian prayer.
Return America says it expects at least 1,000 people to attend the rally, planned for 5:30 p.m. outside the Rowan County Administration Building on West Innes Street in Salisbury. Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the same building.
County commissioners were ordered earlier this summer by a federal judge to stop opening meetings with sectarian prayer, after the board had been sued by the ACLU. Commissioners, who had been using the name of Jesus or Christ in their prayers, responded at an August meeting by going behind closed doors for a prayer.
Return America helped organize rallies in support of North Carolinas Amendment One, which was adopted in May 2012 and defines marriage as being between a man and woman.
The groups organizer, Ron Baity, says Monday evenings rally is designed to support Rowan Commissioners and send a signal of support for freedom of religious expression across America.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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