The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday morning that the Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the State Capitol grounds.
In a 7-2 decision, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the monument violated the Oklahoma Constitution and “shall be removed.”
Mike Reynolds, a former Oklahoma Representative who helped re-erect the monument, released a statement saying, “From the start, we expected this case would likely go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Brady Henderson with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a statement saying, “Today’s ruling is an important victory for all Oklahomans, regardless of their religion or beliefs. It reminds our state government that our religious choices are our own, and it is not the state’s job to tell us which beliefs are right or wrong.”
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt released the following statement concerning the issue,
“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. Furthermore, the court’s incorrect interpretation of Article 2, Section 5 contradicts previous rulings of the court. In response, my office will file a petition with the court for a rehearing in light of the broader implications of this ruling on other areas of state law. Additionally, we are requesting a stay of the enforcement of the court’s order until the court can consider the petition for rehearing. Finally, if Article 2, Section 5 is going to be construed in such a manner by the court, it will be necessary to repeal it.”