OKLAHOMA CITY – A judge has ordered the Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol be removed.
In June, Oklahoma’s highest court said the monument violated Oklahoma’s Constitution and must be removed.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed court documents arguing the ruling violates the U.S. Constitution.
He says the Oklahoma Supreme Court violated the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, calling their ruling hostile toward religion.
Attorney Garvin Isaacs says it’s pretty cut and dry.
The state is banned from using public money or property to benefit a religious purpose.
“The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled and in their opinion, they clearly stated the position to remove the Ten Commandments
followed the Constitution of Oklahoma and the United States of America. That’s the correct ruling,” Isaacs said.
The ACLU sued the state over the monument.
They previously told us Pruitt’s latest effort is “desperate.”
Governor Fallin has said the monument will stay while the case is on appeal, even though the court said it has to go.
At a hearing Friday, a judge ruled that the monument must be removed within 30 days.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.