By Elliott Francis
A decision has been rendered on whether to end the holiday display in front of the Loudoun county courthouse in Leesburg, Virginia.
The 7 to 1 vote by the Loudoun County board of supervisors effectively overturns an the earlier decision by the facilities and grounds committee of Loudoun County Courthouse.
Committee Chairman Ben Lawrence admits the board has the last word. "We serve at the discretion of the board. They have the final say, so that's it," says Lawrence.
Dissenting board member Jim Burton argued against the inclusive display, saying it could attract unpopular messages, possibly from hate groups.
The majority of board members said the holiday display should continue as an expression of religious freedom, and first amendment rights for all faiths.