Appeals court hears case over cross memorial on state land
The constitutionality of a Maryland war memorial in the shape of a cross is being challenged in federal court.
The Washington Post reports the issue of whether the 40-foot-tall cross violates the First Amendment was debated Wednesday in the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The monument honoring 49 men who died in World War I stands in a state-owned highway median in Bladensburg, Maryland, just outside Washington.
A federal judge ruled last year that the so-called Bladensburg Cross doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution after an atheist group claimed in a 2014 lawsuit that it amounts to unconstitutional government sponsorship of religion.
Two judges suggested Wednesday that changing who owns the land, moving the site of the cross or even stripping its arms could resolve the issue.
Information from: The Washington Post
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