A Colorado judge has ruled that crosses that memorialize fallen Utah Highway Patrol officers and that are erected on public land are unconstitutional.
The case was brought by a group called American Atheists, which argued that crosses are a Christian religious symbol — not a generic symbol representing death — and as such they violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which mandates a separation of church and state.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was among those who praised the ruling, with its interim regional director Nina Simone Grotch saying that "we are pleased that the court reaffirmed the common-sense notion that a cross is a religious symbol and found that, as a consequence, its display on public land with an official seal by the state of Utah was unconstitutional."
She added that she hoped that the Utah Highway Patrol Association, which placed the crosses, will find "a more fitting symbol to honor their sacrifice."
However, The American Defense Fund, a coalition of Christian attorneys, is said to be considering an appeal, which could go as far as the Supreme Court, according to Fox News.