10 Commandments Okayed by Henry

Oklahoma City, OK – Governor signs Ten Commandments bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has signed a bill allowing for the creation of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

This was one of several bills he signed into law Monday.

Civil libertarians and some religious groups argued that such a monument would be a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. Similar monuments have drawn legal challenges elsewhere.

Rep. Mike Ritze, the House author of the bill, said there are hundreds of these types of monuments in public spaces across the country. He also said the Ten Commandments have great historical significance, aside from their religious aspect.

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