ROWANCOUNTY, N.C. -- First, they sent a letter, now they've filed a lawsuit.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) says it's time for Rowan County leaders to stop a specific prayer of one religion before their meetings.

It's a debate that's been going on for more than a year now.

A video from last March-- a month after the ACLU sent county leaders a letter asking them to stop, shows commissioners continuing to begin their meetings with a Christian prayer.

A court ruling declared that praying before a government meeting was unconstitutional.

The ACLU s lawsuit accused Rowan County leaders of violating the First and 14th amendments.

It lists three residents as plaintiffs, and asks for an injunction.

Commissioners say they will fight and continue to pray.

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