Christmas Displays Can Wait

Decision on Loudoun County winter holiday displays delayed

By Mark Stephens
|  Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 PM EDT
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Christmas Displays Can Wait

A heated debate over holiday displays on the grounds of the Loudoun County Courthouse won't be decided for another few months.

Tuesday, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to defer a vote on use of the courthouse grounds for religious displays.

Last November, a board-appointed citizens committee voted to ban all such displays from the courthouse. 

The Board of Supervisors then overturned that policy but issued several rules regarding use of the grounds that allowed all groups equal access.

The supervisors are now revisiting the issue.

Monday night, dozens on both sides gathered to state their views during an emotional public meeting. 

The board was set to take action Tuesday when Chief Circuit Judge Thomas D. Horne asked them to postpone the decision, so that Circuit Court judges would have time to consider the impact of the use of the grounds on the operation of the courts. 

The supervisors agreed.

The vote on the display ban will take place Sept. 8.

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