Dakotas Join Other States In Legal Brief In Cross Dispute

The Dakotas and two dozen other states are weighing in on a legal battle over a cross in Maryland.

The atheist American Humanist Association has appealed a federal judge’s ruling that a 40-foot-tall cross on land owned by the state of Maryland doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution. The case is in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says that state, North Dakota and 24 others have signed a brief asking the appeals court to affirm the federal judge’s ruling.

The judge ruled in December that the 90-year-old monument known as the Bladensburg Cross doesn’t amount to government sponsorship of religion. The judge wrote that the cross was meant predominantly for secular commemoration of World War I. The humanist association says the cross endorses Christianity.