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An Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Tuesday that urges the U.S. Supreme Court should agree to review a lower court's decision that declared it unconstitutional.
ADF attorneys filed the brief on behalf of the United Retired Firefighters Association, which represents retired New York City firefighters--including 9/11 first-responders--and the American Legion Department of California, which represents military veterans.
Both organizations wish to protect memorials to America's fallen heroes and argue that a person or group merely offended by a cross included in such a memorial does not have legal standing to attack it in court.
"Public monuments to honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation should not be torn apart based on the subjective 'offense' of a litigious few," says ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco. "Allowing that to happen places the future of these beloved memorials into the hands of activists whose sole concern is furthering a divisive, political agenda, no matter the cost."
The ADF brief argues that the Supreme Court should accept review of the case, Trunk v. City of San Diego, and reaffirm existing precedent that only those with a "direct stake" in the outcome of a dispute can bring it into court.
Source: Charisma News