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Supreme Court to hear the Saguenay city hall prayer case

01/16/2014 10:20 EST | Updated 03/18/2014 05:59 EDT
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled it will hear the case of whether councillors should be allowed to recite prayer at public meetings in Saguenay's city hall.

Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay, an outspoken Catholic, has led the fight to say prayers before city council.

He won a case before the Quebec court of appeal in 2013, which ruled that he would be allowed to maintain his religious observances, saying the prayers don’t come into conflict with the moral convictions of residents who aren’t religious.

The Quebec Court of Appeal ruling overturned a previous ruling by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal, which had ordered councillors to stop reciting prayers.

The Quebec Secular Movement challenged the appeal court ruling to the country's top court.

More to come.

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