Oklahoma voters to decide on religious monuments on public land
Oklahoma voters will have the chance to decide this year whether or not they want to repeal a section of the state Constitution that keeps religious monuments off public land.
Senate Joint Resolution 72, by state Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon, seeks to remove Article 2, Section 5, of the Oklahoma Constitution, which the Oklahoma Supreme Court cited last year in ordering the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from Capitol grounds.
The measure passed easily through the state House on Thursday evening, and will appear on a November ballot.
"This is a battle that belongs to the great people of Oklahoma," Jordan said in a news release. "It's up to them to determine what they want. Do they want our state to follow the strict interpretation of Article 2, Section 5 or to strike it, reaping the benefits of protecting religious liberty and keeping the Ten Commandments monument?”