By Lou Ortiz
Miami-Dade commissioners brushed aside threats of legal action Tuesday and approved starting their meetings with prayer.
The American Civil Liberties Union warned the commission by letter last month that approving the legislation allowing prayer was unconstitutional and would open the county to a lawsuit. The ACLU also took issue with the $26,000 cost of assembling lists of congregations and ministers who would lead the invocation.
"This is an issue of tolerance, of respect," said Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. "This body needs the light of God for the decisions that we make. It's important that we move forward on this issue."
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