- - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The words of the Ten Commandments have been around for about 3,000 years.

But a six-foot granite monument of the Ten Commandments that currently sits outside the Oklahoma State Capitol will be gone within the next three weeks.

After back-and-forth legal maneuvering over the past several months, the Capitol Preservation Commission voted 7-1 Tuesday to authorize the removal the privately funded monument. 

Controversy has surrounded the monument since it was erected in 2012, mostly centered on the issues of church and state. In addition, other private groups have made requests to have monuments installed — a Satanic church, a Hindu leader, and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Unless another avenue of legal appeal is made, the monument will be removed by a court-ordered deadline of Oct. 12.

Further: In July, we spoke with Oklahoma State Rep. John Jordan about his filing of a House resolution calling for an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution to allow for the monument. See that video here.

Associated Press contributed to this story.

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