Attorney General Chris Carr announced on August 30th, 2017 joined 23 other states as a coalition in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting the City of Bloomingfield New Mexico’s decision allowing for the placement of the Ten Commandments on its city hall grounds with other monuments.

In February, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit relied on the Establishment Clause to uphold a district court’s order to remove the monument. The brief asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

The American Civil Liberties Union started the legal fight over the Ten Commandments monument in 2012 when they sued the City of Bloomfield, NM when two citizens had an issue with the display according to the Associated Press.

AG Chris Carr said in a press release that “[t]he consistent application of our laws is paramount in maintaining the ideals of our democracy,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “Georgia joined this coalition because we agree that the Supreme Court’s Establishment Clause jurisprudence needs to be clarified, especially in this area. Local governments need clear guidance as they consider whether to authorize or maintain historical displays on government property.”

Led by the Texas Attorney General, attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, along with Governor Matt Bevin of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Maine Governor Paul LePage also joined this coalition.

To view the brief, click here.

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