ROWAN COUNTY—The Rowan County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to fight the ACLU’s lawsuit that alleges the commissioners’ use of Christian prayer before meetings violates the First Amendment.

More than 100 people attended the commissioners meeting Monday, the first meeting since the ACLU filed its lawsuit last week.

The commissioners began the meeting just like they had countless others, by praying to Jesus Christ. The majority of the people in the room stood up and prayed right along with them.

More than 20 people spoke at the meeting, most of them in favor of keeping Christian prayer as a part of the county government.

But not everyone agrees. The plaintiffs in the ACLU’s lawsuit, who are not Christian, said the prayer makes them feel unwelcome and ostracized by their officials. They’re asking the commissioners to make the prayers more inclusive of other religions.

The commissioners said they will hire a law firm within the next couple of days.