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Satanic Temple lawsuit that targeted Nativity scene at Brookville courthouse dismissed

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BROOKVILLE, Ind. (December 22, 2015) — A lawsuit that challenged a southeastern Indiana county’s ordinance drafted after an earlier lawsuit targeted a Nativity scene on its courthouse lawn has been dismissed by a federal judge.

The parties agreed to the suit’s dismissal with the understanding that Franklin County will allow local residents and churches to erect both religious and nonreligious displays outside its courthouse in Brookville.

The Indianapolis Star reports the judge dismissed the case Thursday after the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana had sued the county for not allowing certain secular groups to erect displays outside the courthouse some 75 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The ACLU of Indiana filed its suit on behalf of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and The Satanic Temple, a group based in Massachusetts.