Judge, Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors urge woman who filed lawsuit to step forward

You won't hear the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors praying, at least for now. A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction, silencing the board until a federal lawsuit is settled.

"It's tough, it's going to be a long battle. We knew that, and it's tough. He did give us some leniency I felt like," said Chairman of the board, Tim Barber.

"This ruling reaffirms the principle that when government favors one religion over another another, it violates the religious freedom of all," said the ACLU's Legal Director Rebecca Glenberg in a statement issued Friday.

"Sometimes all you can do is stand up for what you believe in. Especially if you somehow suspect that the outcome is not going to be in your favor," said board member Jesse Barksdale.

Last August, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of 'Jane Doe,' an anonymous woman who was offended by the board praying a sectarian prayer before meetings.

'Jane Doe' now has 30 days to reveal herself or appeal the judge's decision that she can't remain anonymous.

"We've had enough guts to step up and defend what we believe and hopefully 'Jane Doe.' if she's that passionate she's disclose her name, or hopefully she'll just drop the case, that's what we're really hoping for," Barber said.

Even though the injunction states the board can't pray a Christian prayer, Barber says the board will not consider a generic prayer instead until the case is complete.