DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - The fight over prayers at public meetings of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors is headed into mediation.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski agreed Friday to let the board and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia try to reach a settlement after both sides requested it.
The ACLU is arguing on behalf of Barbara Hudson, who contends the prayers by a public body amount to an endorsement of religion. The board denies that claim.
Both sides in the dispute were seeking a summary judgment without trial.
A judge already has rejected the county's request to dismiss the case. He also ordered the board to end the practice of praying at meetings until the case is settled.