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Ala. bill would make it legal to display Ten Commandments

The bill proposes a constitutional amendment to the state that would allow for display of the Ten Commandments in any public building including schools. The bill proposes a constitutional amendment to the state that would allow for display of the Ten Commandments in any public building including schools.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

If an Alabama senator gets his way, Alabama voters will have the opportunity to make it legal to display the Ten Commandments in any public building in the state.

The bill also has the support of some Sand Mountain senators.

The pre-filed bill is actually sponsored by Senator Gerald Dial, but Shadrack McGill of Jackson and DeKalb counties along with Clay Scofield of Marshall County have also signed on.

The bill proposes a constitutional amendment to the state that would allow for display of the Ten Commandments in any public building including schools.

It's called the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment.

Dial said residents are concerned about displaying the Ten Commandments out of concern for being sued.

Dial feels a constitutional amendment would provide better weight should it be tested in the court.

While the bill prohibits use of state funds in defense of the constitutionality of such an amendment, Dial said groups have come forth to provide the funding should a suit come.

The first reading of the bill is set for Tuesday.

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