Three area residents and the District of Columbia-based American Humanist Association argue the cross’ location on public land violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause. The clause prohibits the government from favoring one religion over others.
They argue the cross should be moved to private property or modified into a slab or obelisk.
The cross’ supporters say it doesn’t violate the Constitution because it has a secular purpose and meaning: commemorating World War I veterans. The cross’ base lists the names of 49 area residents who died in the war.
The American Legion and Maryland officials are defending the cross.
They have the support of the Trump administration and 30 states.
By JESSICA GRESKO ,Associated Press