Arkansas' governor has approved legislation that will allow a monument to the Ten Commandments to be constructed near the state Capitol.
A spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said the governor had signed the bill requiring the state to allow a privately funded display of the commandments to be built on the state Capitol grounds. Lawmakers sent the measure to Hutchinson last week.
Supporters of the proposal have said the monument would honor the role the commandments have played in the history of the nation's judicial system. Opponents have criticized the move and said it would amount to a state endorsement of religion.
The location and design of the monument must be approved by the secretary of state.