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Arizona Gov. wants court to dismiss Day of Prayer lawsuit

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PHOENIX (WKOW) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wants a federal court in Phoenix to dismiss a lawsuit over her "day of prayer" proclamations.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has questioned the constitutionality of Brewer's proclamation in 2009, 2010 and for the state budget on Jan. 17, 2010.

The Madison group filed a suit on behalf of four Arizonans identified as nonbelievers in religion.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a legal challenge last week that the group filed regarding the National Day of Prayer.

Brewer says she expects a similar outcome in the Arizona case.

Gubernatorial spokesman Matt Benson says proclaiming a day of prayer is an American tradition dating back to George Washington's presidency.

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