Ten Commandments monument forced to move off capitol grounds, now on private property

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Visitors to the Oklahoma State Capitol will no longer see a monument that has been at the heart of a controversy for several months.

Earlier this year, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the Ten Commandments Monument violated the State Constitution and forced it off property.

Late Monday night, the monument at the Capitol was taken down and moved to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a private agency that volunteered to give it a new home.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol used saws to cut through the concrete and a heavy crane was brought in to move the statue.

Former state lawmaker Mike Reynolds was part of the 2009 legislature that voted to allow the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the State Capitol.

"Someone asked me if I was disappointed, if this was a bad day. Hopefully, this will be a good day, hopefully the people of Oklahoma will recognize, a firm point to the fact that the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma is out of control," said Mike Reynolds, former state representative.

We're told no taxpayer money was used to move the monument.

"If the state isn't going to take responsibility for the people's beliefs, then I think it's great that a private entity would take on this honor," said Jon Allem.

Despite the new home, folks like Allem are glad this structure is still on display.

"I hope it sticks around in our lives for us to see, ponder and enjoy," said Allem.

Even though the Ten Commandments structure is on private property, the State still technically owns the monument.

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