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PostSubject: Court rules against city’s Ten Commandments monument   Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:44 pm

FARMINGTON, N.M. — The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge's ruling that a Ten Commandments monument erected in 2011 outside of Bloomfield City Hall violates the U.S. Constitution.

The appellate court for the 10th Circuit ruled Wednesday that the monument would be seen by an objective observer as a religious endorsement by Bloomfield's government.
The monument was first proposed in 2007 by city councilman Kevin Mauzy, who collected donations to pay for it. The monument received its final approval in 2011. Within a year of the monument’s unveiling, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of two Wiccan residents.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the decision,” said Jonathan Scruggs, legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Scottsdale, Ariz., nonprofit Christian organization representing the city.
Scruggs said the Alliance Defending Freedom and Bloomfield are evaluating options, including appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mayor Scott Eckstein said the city has not decided if it will appeal.

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