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Greece prayer case plaintiff reflects on her day in court

Rochester, N.Y. -- On Sunday, Susan Galloway was sitting in the Flying Squirrel, a community center in Corn Hill.

Just a couple weeks ago, she was inside the United States Supreme Court.

Sitting in that room and looking around and going, you know, this is our case it was overwhelming, Galloway said.

In 2007, Galloway and her friend and fellow Greece resident Linda Stephens took issue with the prayers given before town board meetings.

With a majority of the prayers Christian in nature, Galloway and Stephens argued the town was endorsing a religion.

After failed attempts to change the towns protocol, Galloway says the two decided to take the town to court.

Galloway says she never thought she would see her case argued before the Supreme Court.

Asked what it was like to watch her attorney field the justices sharp questions, Galloway said, I wouldnt want to be any of the attorneys because it feels like you dont have a lot of friends there.

Galloway says the questioning left her with little idea of which way the court will swing.

Id love to say, Yeah, its going our way, but I dont know, I really dont know, she said.

Either way, Galloway sees success in sparking a conversation.

Ive had people come up to me and say the case made them speak up at a meeting saying this is not appropriate, she said.

Galloway says this 6-year journey has been trying, but adds she would do it all again to have the case tried.

Definitely, I think this is an important issue and I think its very important to understand we need to have a separation of Church and State, Galloway said.

13WHAM hopes to speak with a local pastor, who also watched the Supreme Court arguments in person, later this week.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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