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Rutledge joins fight to save memorial

Leslie Rutledge (Source: Attorney General's Office) Leslie Rutledge (Source: Attorney General's Office)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined a bipartisan group of other attorney generals who are trying to protect a cross honoring World War I veterans.

Rutledge and 24 other attorney generals are asking the Virginia 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a lower court’s ruling saying the U.S. Constitution allows veterans memorials to have religious symbols.

A cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, which was built by the American Legion to remember World War I veterans, is the monument at the center of the case.

A district ruled that the cross was protected by the First Amendment, however an appeal was filed following the ruling.

The case is now before the court of appeals.

The court’s decision could affect memorials in West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

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