Alabama voters to face Ten Commandments ballot proposal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama voters will face the choice of whether to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on state property such as at schools under a ballot proposal for the November election.

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment ballot provision 66-19 Thursday. It was previously okayed by the Senate and doesn’t need the governor’s signature.

If the proposal is passed by voters, the Ten Commandments would not automatically be displayed in public buildings. No state funds could be used to erect the laws, but individuals could use private money to display them.

Critics say the proposal violates the separation of church and state and would incite federal lawsuits that cost taxpayer money.

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