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Prayer returns to Miami-Dade Commission meetings

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MIAMI -- Miami-Dade Commission meetings will once again begin with a prayer.
    
Following a lengthy debate on Tuesday, commissioner voted 8-3 to reinstate prayer before public meetings for the first time since 2004.
    
The Miami Herald reports the vote followed a 18-month lobbying effort by the Christian Family Coalition.
    
Commissioners approved an ordinance that calls for non-denominational prayers to be offered before the meetings officially begin. Commissioners will select the speakers or say a prayer themselves.
    
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida says it will closely monitor a few meeting. They say a lawsuit is "inevitable" if the prayers are sectarian in nature.
    
The bill's sponsor is Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, who says it has little to do with religion. He says it's a matter of freedom of speech.

Associated Press

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