Federal Court Upholds Constitutionality of Maryland Cross Memorial

On Monday, a federal court upheld the constitutionality of a veterans memorial in the face of a challenge from the American Humanist Association.  While the group alleged the cross-shaped World War I Memorial in Prince George’s County, Maryland, was a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow ruled that the memorial passed muster as constitutionally permissible.  This was a victory for the American Legion and the Liberty Institute, which represented the veterans group in the case.  Kelly Shackelford, President of Liberty Institute, welcomed the ruling and said, “This victory sets an important precedent. It not only affirms the Bladensburg Memorial will remain in its place of honor, but helps ensure that all the nation’s veterans memorials, and the veterans they honor, will be protected.”

  • Find more coverage in the Baltimore Sun.
  • More information about the case and its significance for religious text and symbols in public life is available from the Liberty Institute here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: December 4, 2015

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