This morning the court issued a 7-2 opinion in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, ruling that a 40-foot cross honoring World War I veterans on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland, does not violate the establishment clause of the Constitution and can remain in place. Amy Howe covered the ruling for this blog; her coverage first appeared at Howe on the Court. Early coverage comes from Adam Liptak of The New York Times; Robert Barnes of The Washington Post; David Savage of The Los Angeles Times; Lawrence Hurley of Reuters; Jessica Gresko of the AP; Greg Stohr of Bloomberg; Ariance de Vogue and Veronica Stracqualursi of CNN; and Antonia Blumberg and Marina Fang of HuffPost, Fang wrote separately about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent. Additional coverage comes from Nina Totenberg and Domenico Montanaro of NPR; Richard Wolf of USA Today; Mark Walsh of Education Week; Josh Gerstein of Politico; Kimberly Robinson of Bloomberg Law; an additional article from Robinson examines the seven opinions written by the justices.

Early commentary comes from Ruthann Robson of Constitutional Law Prof Blog; Steven Waldman for The Washington Post, Jay Michaelson for the Daily Beast; Mark Joseph Stern for Slate; Carrie Severino for the National Review; Noah Feldman for Bloomberg; Kelly Shackelford for Fox News; Nicole Russell for the Washington Examiner; Lisa Soronen for CitiesSpeak; and Ian Milhiser for ThinkProgress. Mariam Morshedi of Subscript Law has an infographic on the decision.

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Recommended Citation: Jon Levitan, Afternoon round-up: The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, SCOTUSblog (Jun. 20, 2019, 5:36 PM), https://www.scotusblog.com/2019/06/afternoon-round-up-the-american-legion-v-american-humanist-association/