The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a last ditch attempt by the state to keep a Ten Commandments monument next to the Oklahoma Capitol.
Monday, the court turned down a request from the state to reconsider its June 30 ruling calling for removal of the 6-foot granite statue.
This sets the stage for it to be taken down within a few weeks, said Brady Henderson, legal director for ACLU Oklahoma, which filed the lawsuit.
"Obviously we're pleased with the decision," Henderson said. "The whole case is controversial, but something that is undeniable is that the court is getting this right. The court is following the law."
The monument violates a section of the Oklahoma Constitution prohibiting state property from being used to further religions, the court said. The original ruling and the denial of a rehearing came on 7-2 votes.