Attorney General Opinion 12-9-11

December 9, 2011

The Honorable Danny W. Marshall, III
Post Office Box 439
Danville, Virginia  24543

The Honorable Donald W. Merricks
Post Office Box K
Chatham, Virginia  24543

Dear Delegates Marshall and Merricks:

I am responding to your request for an official advisory opinion in accordance with § 2.2-505 of the Code of Virginia.


You inquire regarding the constitutional limits on public prayer at meetings of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. Specifically, you ask whether opening invocations at the Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors meetings that refer to Jesus Christ constitute a violation of the United States Constitution.


Continue Reading