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Governor McAuliffe on School Prayer Veto

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Richmond, VA - Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a school prayer bill, but it shouldn't stop students from praying in schools.

Mat Staver with Liberty Counsel said public schools have to certify every year that have no policies that prevent constitutionally protected prayer. The Federal Equal Access Act says any schools that receive federal funding can't exclude religious or political student clubs.

After his veto Friday, McAuliffe said students' freedom of religious expression is already protected.

"My biggest concern is our different school divisions, they could be spending all their time in court, because there could be lawsuits," said McAuliffe. "We want our schools to be spending time educating our children not in legal issues being sued and being hauled into court over this."

Staver, who is an attorney, said this legislation would have protected schools from lawsuits. He said by clearly spelling out the already existing policy, there's less of a chance a school will violate it.

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