Governments, churches support Pleasant Grove case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The U.S. government, 14 states and 10 cities are backing the city of Pleasant Grove, Utah, in its fight to bar the Summum religious group from erecting a monument in a city park.

Pleasant Grove denied Summum's attempt to donate a monument
bearing the group's "Seven Aphorisms" for placement in its Pioneer Park in 2003, even though the city had previously accepted the donation of a Ten Commandments monument.

In 2007, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said the city's decision violated Summum's free-speech rights. Pleasant Grove is asking the nation's highest court to reverse that decision.

The case is slated for arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in November.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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