A search of online resources reveals no legal actions having been filed in Vermont related to the 1962 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning public schools from initiating prayer in the classroom.
Still, the Green Mountain State was the scene of a noteworthy 2012 court ruling that found one of its municipalities violated Vermont’s constitution by arranging for a prayer to be said regularly at its town meeting.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in 2011 against the town of Franklin on behalf of Marilyn Hackett, a Franklin resident who had attended its annual town meeting every year since at least 2000, according to ACLU Vermont's website.
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Hackett contended the town and its moderator, Timothy Magnant, violated part of the Vermont constitution that says "no person ought to, or of right can be compelled to attend any religious worship," according to Christian Post.
The town argued that the practice didn’t violate the state constitution because attendance at town meetings and the participation in the prayer were both voluntary.
Franklin County Superior Court Judge Martin Maley ruled in 2012 in favor of Hackett, agreeing with Hackett’s reasoning as to why the prayer violated the state constitution, the Post said. Hackett was subsequently awarded $5,000 in damages, reported the Burlington Free Press.
The Vermont League of Cities and Towns reacted by suggesting municipalities in Vermont avoid such prayers at their meetings, according to Valley News.
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