"It's a fundamental bedrock constitutional right to have free exercise of religion any way we see fit and to not be able to establish a religion by endorsing one over the other," said Temple member and attorney Stu de Haan.

Temple officials say the lawsuit stems from a series of incidents in 2016.

The Temple was originally given permission to lead the invocation, but then, after de Haan says city council members got involved, the Temple was denied the right to speak.

"We're not going away we are part of the community and we will ask to be part of these public forums," said de Haan.

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