SCOTUS hears case on cross in Maryland

SCOTUS hears case on cross in Maryland

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Feb. 27 in a case involving a 40-foot-tall cross that stands on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland. 

Justices seemed inclined to rule the nearly 100-year-old World War I memorial known as the Peace Cross constitutional, but avoided a sweeping ruling on the place of religious symbols in public life.

The cross’ challengers include the American Humanist Association, which argues the cross is a violation of the First Amendment. 

The cross’ defenders include the American Legion, which raised money for the monument, and Maryland officials who took over maintenance of the cross nearly 60 years ago to preserve it. 

A decision in the case is expected by the end of June. (RNS)