Anne Orsi et al, v. Mark Martin
In May 2018, the American Humanist Association joined counsel Gerry Schulze and the Freedom From Religion Foundation in filing a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mark Martin seeking an injunction and removal of a Ten Commandments monument on display outside the state Capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas. The monument, standing 6-feet tall and guarded by four concrete barriers, was erected in April 2018 after a previous one was destroyed less than a month after its installation.
The lawsuit alleges that the Ten Commandments monument is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The case has now been consolidated with the ACLU’s case and is pending before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Selected Case Documents:
District Court (Case No. 4:18-cv-00342):
Complaint (filed May 23, 2018)
U.S. News & World Report (May 23, 2018)
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