The Oklahoma Supreme Court said Tuesday that the Ten Commandments monument, sitting on the north side of the state Capitol, must be removed.

According to the ruling, its placement at the Capitol violates the state Constitution, which bans the use of public property for the benefit of religion.

In the 7-2 decision, the justices found that the statue, a gift from Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, and his family, violates Article 2, Section 5 of the state's Constitution, which says: "No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such."

The suit was brought by the ACLU of Oklahoma on behalf of four plaintiffs.

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