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Marsh v. Chambers
Citation:463 U.S. 783 (1983)
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The Nebraska Legislature begins each of its sessions with a prayer offered by a chaplain who is chosen biennially by the Executive Board of the Legislative Council and paid out of public funds. Robert Palmer, a Presbyterian minister, has served as chaplain since 1965 at a salary of $319.75 per month for each month the legislature is in session. Earnest Chambers, a member of the Nebraska Legislature, claimed that the Nebraska legislature’s chaplaincy practice violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and brought suit, seeking to enjoin enforcement of the practice.
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