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U.S. top court takes up religious dispute over Maryland cross

Updated: 03-11-2018 02:16 IST
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday waded into a new fight over the separation of church and state, agreeing to decide whether a towering cross-shaped war memorial erected in 1925 on public land in Maryland violates the Constitution's ban on government endorsement of religion.

The justices agreed to hear two separate appeals of a lower court's ruling that the memorial violated the Constitution's First Amendment's prohibition on the government favoring one religion, saying the memorial - dubbed the "peace cross" - is inherently religious because of its shape like a Christian cross.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

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