The case centers on the practice of the town council in Greece, N.Y., which is near Rochester, to open meetings with a prayer led by a member of the local clergy. The prayer program is open to all faiths, but nearby congregations are nearly all Christian, and the prayers themselves usually invoke Jesus or make reference to Christianity. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said legislative prayer has long been found compatible with the First Amendment's prohibition against state-established religion and that no tradition supports the idea that the prayers must be non-sectarian. To make such a requirement, he wrote, would be to put the courts in the place of "supervisors and censors of religious speech." So long as the prayers serve to lend gravity to the proceedings and not to "denigrate, proselytize or betray an impermissible government purpose," they do not violate the Constitution, he wrote.