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SC county councilman's prayer sparks protest

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SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) - A South Carolina councilman's prayer to Jesus against abortion and same-sex marriage to open a county council meeting has drawn at least one complaint.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported Sunday that Councilman O'Neal Mintz opened the March 15 meeting thanking God for "His Son, Jesus Christ" and saying that America's problems are attributable in part to abortion. He also said the U.S. needs prayer because of same-sex marriage.

His prayer drew a complaint from Spartanburg resident Mary Miles who often observes county council meetings for the League of Women Voters.

Local council prayers have been an issue in South Carolina since a court ruled that prayers mentioning Jesus' name before meetings of the Great Falls Town Council were unconstitutional because they show government preference to one faith over others.

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