Pleasant Grove v. Summum: Is Ten Truly Greater than Seven? An Examination of the Government Speech Doctrine Regarding Privately Donated Monuments Displayed on Public Land

21 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2010 Last revised: 5 Mar 2010

Heather Kennedy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 23, 2010

Abstract

In Pleasant Grove v. Summum, the United States Supreme Court held that it is constitutional for the City of Pleasant Grove, Utah to deny a religious group’s request to place a monument in a park even though a donated monument of the Ten Commandments was already on display there. This case note examines the progression of the law before this decision, as well as the changes it made and the possible repercussions to come.

Keywords: Summum, free speech, public forum, First Amendment, Rust v. Sullivan, establishment, free exercise, constitutional law

Suggested Citation

Kennedy, Heather, Pleasant Grove v. Summum: Is Ten Truly Greater than Seven? An Examination of the Government Speech Doctrine Regarding Privately Donated Monuments Displayed on Public Land (February 23, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1558049 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1558049

Heather Kennedy (Contact Author)

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