Oklahoma House, Senate pass Ten Commandments monument bills

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Proposed constitutional amendments that ask voters to return a Ten Commandments monument to the Oklahoma Capitol grounds have been approved by separate House and Senate committees.

The Republican-backed measures were approved Wednesday by rules committees of the Oklahoma House and Senate and sent to the full chambers for a vote.

The resolutions call for a statewide referendum on whether to abolish an article of the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits the use of state funds to support a religion.

The state Supreme Court relied on that constitutional requirement in June when it ordered a Ten Commandments monument removed from the Capitol grounds.

Opponents of the bills say this only opens up more lawsuits the attorney general will have to defend.

The 6-foot-tall granite monument was authorized by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2009 and was erected in 2012.

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