Oklahoma Supreme Court Orders Ten Commandments' Statue Removed From State Capitol Grounds

On October 12, the privately funded statue of the Ten Commandments will be removed from the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds.

Though the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the statue to be removed in June on the grounds that the state’s constitution bans the use of state property to benefit a religion, lawmakers pushed back.

The Capitol Preservation Commission, which oversees art in public spaces, voted 7-1 on Sept. 29 to authorize the monument’s removal by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

Republican Rep. Mike Ritze of Oklahoma paid $10,000 to erect the 6-foot-tall granite monument. Estela Hernandez, the vice chair of the Oklahoma Republican party, told KFOR that the state GOP has “humbly asked” to display the monument.

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