Utah Asks High Court to Hear Crosses Case

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A case involving 14 memorial highway crosses in Utah is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.
    
The state's attorney general has asked the court to decide whether the crosses can be placed along highways to honor state troopers killed in the line of duty.

"With two simple lines, the highway crosses remind us of the ultimate sacrifice made by troopers while trying to protect us," Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said Wednesday in seeking the review.

"Before now, no other court has ever held that memorial crosses establish a religion," he continued. "The crosses only establish a trooper died in the line of duty."
    
In 2005, American Atheists Inc. sued the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Highway Patrol Association over the crosses, saying they suggest a state endorsement of Christianity over other religions.
   
Last year, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that such crosses were an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. But attorneys for the state argue the crosses serve as memorials and encourage safe driving.
    
So far, there's been no word from the Supreme Court on whether it will hear the case.

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