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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of The Peace Cross In Maryland

Jeff Katz
June 20, 2019 - 3:52 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 7-2 margin that a 40-foot cross in Maryland -- which stands on public land -- is not in violation of the First Amendment and will remain standing.

The cross was built by the American Legion in 1925 to honor soldiers killed in World War I and there is a plaque on the front which reads, "This Memorial Cross Dedicated to the Heroes of Prince George's County who gave their lives in the great war for the liberty of the world."

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the two judges who voted against and in her dissent said that a cross was "not suitable" to honor those soldiers.

This was not the first time the cross' standing was called into question. According to The Blaze, Local residents sued in 2012, claiming the cross was a government endorsement of religion.

In 2015, a federal judge ruled against the cross' removal, holding that it was a secular monument meant to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.