Supreme Court declines roadside cross case

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court declined to hear a case from Utah in which a federal appeals court ruled it unconstitutional to allow memorial crosses on state land along highways. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the memorial crosses were unconstitutional because reasonable observers could conclude their presence along state highways meant the markers were a government endorsement of Christianity. In an unusual 19-page dissent from the order, Justice Clarence Thomas decried the majority's decision to let the 10th Circuit ruling stand.

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