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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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For Immediate Release: May 18, 2009

Sen. Randy Brogdon
Sen. Randy Brogdon

Senator Brogdon Thanks Governor for Signing Ten Commandments Monument Bill

Sen. Randy Brogdon said he was extremely pleased that Gov. Brad Henry had signed legislation authorizing a Ten Commandments monument to be placed on the grounds of the State Capitol. Brogdon was principal Senate author of the legislation.

“I want to thank Governor Henry for signing this legislation,” Brogdon said. “It passed with bipartisan support, and I believe it is something the people of Oklahoma would like to see at their State Capitol.”

Critics of the legislation claimed the proposed monument would be a violation of the separation of church and state. Brogdon disagreed with that argument.

“There is a historical context for the Ten Commandments, in that its laws influenced America’s founding fathers, and the laws of Oklahoma,” Brogdon said. “Historically, the commandments have had a profound impact on the laws of our government.”

When the legislation was debated in the Senate, Brogdon noted a law firm has already volunteered to represent the state pro bono if the placement of the Ten Commandments monument is challenged in court.

For more information contact:
Sen. Brogdon's Office - 405-521-5566

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