ATLANTA -- Georgia House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a measure today that allows courthouses to display copies of the Ten Commandments.
The bill on display of historical documents on public property passed by a 140-to-26 vote after hours of debate tinged with religious fervor.
The bill's backers said the Ten Commandments and other principles that guide the state's judicial system deserve to be publicly displayed if a county wishes. Republicans said they were "hurt" and "offended" that a Ten Commandments bill even needs to be introduced.
Opponents said the bill would likely cost the state millions in legal fees to defend challenges in court. Some also expressed concern with the measure's language, which also specifically permits the Mayflower Compact of 1620, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution to be displayed.
The proposal now moves to the Senate.