ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of nearly two dozen states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is stepping into a dispute in northwestern New Mexico over a Ten Commandments monument.
Paxton and attorneys general from 22 states are supporting city leaders in Bloomfield, New Mexico, who are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a lower court ruling requiring the removal of the display from the lawn outside City Hall.READ MORE: Sources: Rick Carlisle Says He's Not Returning As Mavericks Coach
The coalition filed its brief Thursday.READ MORE: Accidental Shooting Of Texas Toddler Leads To Father's Capital Murder Arrest
Paxton argues that governments shouldn’t be forced to censor religion’s role in history because some people are offended.
Attorneys representing Bloomfield filed a petition with the court in July to have the case heard. They say guidance from the Supreme Court is needed because various lower courts are using different standards to evaluate whether such monuments are permissible.MORE NEWS: Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday
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