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Coalition of states files brief in Ten Commandments case

Aug 11, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of nearly two dozen states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is stepping into a dispute in northwestern New Mexico over a Ten Commandments monument. Paxton and attorneys general from 22 states are supporting city leaders in Bloomfield, New Mexico, who are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a lower court ruling requiring the removal of the display from the lawn outside City Hall. The coalition filed its brief Thursday. Paxton argues that governments shouldn't be forced to censor religion's role in history because some people are offended. Attorneys representing Bloomfield filed a petition with the court in July to have the case heard. They say guidance from the Supreme Court is needed because various lower courts are using different standards to evaluate whether such monuments are permissible.