Hawaii House Votes to Keep Prayer in Capitol

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Hawaii's House of Representatives will continue to open its daily sessions with prayer.

Last month, the Aloha State Senate voted to cancel the opening invocation after the American Civil Liberties Union questioned the practice.

"The message is that not all senators have eliminated prayer," said Sen. Will Espero, D-Ewa-Ewa Beach-Lower Waipahu, who organized the group. "We're well within the confines of the law."

The House passed rules to ensure that prayers can mention a deity or God, but cannot be critical of other religions.

House Majority Leader Blake Oshiro said the rules were made to ensure that lawmakers followed prior U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the constitutionality of legislative prayer.

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