"We have come to the next step in our pledge to overturn Judge
Hamilton's decision and injunction regarding the content of prayer
in the Indiana House of Representatives. Today the Indiana Attorney
General's Office will be filing, at my request, as Speaker of the
Indiana House of Representatives, a notice to appeal the court's
In addition, we are filing with Judge Hamilton a Motion to Alter
or Amend Judgment (known as a 59(e) motion) and a Motion to Stay
the court order while the Judge considers our motion to alter the
original order. Under the Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment, we
are asking to have this ruling suspended because the order did not
provide enough clarity to proceed. It is our belief that the issued
injunction went beyond what the court could offer as a remedy to
address taxpayer standing. The language of the injunction also appears
to go beyond the specific relief that the plaintiffs requested by
including speech and prayer offered during other official House
proceedings. In essence, the injunction is too vague and gives the
legislature no clear standard for application. Finally, the federal
courts should respect the internal workings of the Indiana House
of Representatives and the elected member's right to free speech.
Since Judge Hamilton's ruling on November 30, my office has been
flooded with calls and letters of support from across the nation.
I would like to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and
encouragement and assure them that I will continue to fight the
federal court's decision."
Today's legal actions by Speaker Bosma address the November
30, 2005 ruling by Judge David S. Hamilton of U.S. Federal Court
(Southern District of Indiana). Judge Hamilton ruled that the name
of Jesus Christ cannot be spoken during prayers opening sessions
of the Indiana House of Representatives. The lawsuit was brought
by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU) naming Speaker of the
House Brian C. Bosma as the defendant.
For more information or to schedule a time to discuss the matter
with Speaker Bosma, please contact Tony Samuel at 317-232-9887 or