It was very exciting saying the prayer, and I was nervous, which is not usual for me when public speaking. You can read the prayer below.
I stayed throughout the rest of the session, sitting next to Al. Various legislators, Republican and Democrat, came by to thank me and say nice things about the prayer.
The session was interesting and it was fun to be sitting next to Richard Morrisette, who led most of the Democratic debate during the afternoon.
At the end of the session, Al made the rather routine motion of having my prayer entered into the record. It was objected to by one of the Republicans and was then taken to a recorded vote. 20 legislators voted against entering my remarks into the record. You can find the official record on-line, here.
And here are the names of those who voted no:
Blackwell Faught Moore Ritze
Christian Johnson Murphey Sanders
Coody Kern Osborn Terrill
Duncan Key Ownbey Thomsen
Enns Liebmann Reynolds Wright, J.
It was an interesting moment, and rather chaotic. One legislator commented, "We always enter the remarks." Others wanted to read what I had said, and came over to where I was and read my hard copy and kept saying, "What are they objecting too?" Others came over to apologize. One legislator made a point of order to remind colleagues that if they were in the room, they had to vote, at which some of them fled, as some of the colleagues pointed out.