Freethinkers, state settle lawsuit | Arkansas Blog

Monday, August 23, 2010

Freethinkers, state settle lawsuit

Posted By on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 4:31 PM

The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and Secretary of State Charlie Daniels today filed a proposed settlement of the society's lawsuit over the state's initial refusal to allow it to erect a winter solstice display along with the Christmas decorations at the Capitol. A judge earlier had ordered that the display be allowed during the holiday season.

In the settlement, the state agrees to a constitutional violation, says it will provide equal access to the Freethinkers in the future and says it will pay more than $25,000 in attorney fees to the ACLU cooperating attorneys who brought the case.

Here's the proposed consent decree, which a judge must approve.

Here's the notice of settlement.

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