The Arkansas Society of Freethinker
s 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.