Notable Items:

Opinion of the Court: American Legion v. American Humanist Association (2019)

Issue(s) Before the Court:

Whether the Bladensburg Cross does not violates the Establishment Clause.

Petitioner's Claim(s):

the Cross’s presence on public land and the Commission’s maintenance of the memorial violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
The AHA sought declaratory and injunctive relief requiring “removal or demolition of the Cross, or removal of the arms from the Cross to form a non-religious slab or obelisk.”

Respondent's Claim(s):

Holding(s) and Disposition:

Held:No. The Bladensburg Cross does not violate the Establishment Clause.
Disposition: The judgment is reversed and remanded.

Material Facts:

Procedural History:


Alito Majority Opinion (Roberts, Breyer, Kavanaugh)

Gorsuch Concurrance (Thomas)

Thomas Concurrance (none)

Kagan Concurrance (none)

Breyer Concurrance (Kagan)

Kavanaugh Concurrance (none)

Ginsberg Dissent (Sotomayor)

Full Recounting of Facts

Majority Full Argument