Georgia bill would allow 10 Commandments

Feb. 17, 2004 at 5:10 PM

ATLANTA, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Georgia legislators drafted a bill in Atlanta Tuesday they say would allow posting the Ten Commandments in courthouses and other public buildings.

Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a candidate for Congress, said his bill would allow local and state government to display historical documents with religious significance, including the Ten Commandments, the Mayflower Compact, and the Declaration of Independence.

Westmoreland said the legislation is in response to the removal of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Justice Building in Montgomery and similar disputes in two other Georgia counties, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Democrats said it was another wedge issue intended to divide society. On Monday the Republican-controlled Georgia Senate passed what Democrats say is another divisive law -- a ban on gay marriage.

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