Denver judge rejects suit against Day of Prayer

DENVER — A Denver judge has ruled against a group that said Gov. Bill Ritter’s proclamations recognizing the National Day of Prayer were unconstitutional.

District Judge R. Michael Mullins issued a decision today saying that people suing didn’t show that their civil or political rights were violated. He says the governor’s proclamations don’t have the force of law, but simply asserted individuals’ right to practice religion.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and Colorado members sued Ritter in 2008 and says it will appeal the ruling.

The foundation won a similar lawsuit against the federal government earlier this year in Wisconsin. That decision is being appealed.



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