The Oklahoma Supreme Court said Tuesday that the Ten Commandments monument, sitting on the north side of the state Capitol, must be removed.
According to the ruling, its placement at the Capitol violates the state Constitution, which bans the use of public property for the benefit of religion.
In the 7-2 decision, the justices found that the statue, a gift from Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, and his family, violates Article 2, Section 5 of the state's Constitution, which says: "No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such."
The suit was brought by the ACLU of Oklahoma on behalf of four plaintiffs.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the court for a rehearing, saying, "Quite simply, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got it wrong. The court completely ignored the profound historical impact of the Ten Commandments on the foundation of Western law."
The monument was authorized by legislation in 2009 signed by then Gov. Brad Henry. In 2012, the Capitol Preservation Commission oversaw its placement on the north side of the building. It was the reinstalled in January after a man in October 2014 drove onto the Capitol lawn and struck it with his vehicle, shattering it into pieces.
(h/t Tulsa World)