CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Charleston County Council violated the Constitution when it posted the Ten Commandments outside its chambers.

Judge R. Markley Dennis Jr. said the Constitution "bans governments from appearing to take a position on questions of religious belief." Attorney Sam Howell said no appeal is planned."It's an important ruling that sends a message that government cannot endorse religion by endorsing the Ten Commandments," said Ayesha Khan, an attorney for the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.