American Atheists Legal Victories

Utah Crosses

American Atheists was founded on the notion that atheists deserve full equality from the government and that using the courts as a tool to enforce the Constitutional separation of religion from government is sometimes necessary. 

From Murray v. Curlett in 1963 (the case that started it all) to the 2011 upholding of American Atheists v. Duncan (a case in which the state of Utah argued that crosses were a secular symbol), American Atheists has been fighting for equality using the court system for more than 50 years.

American Atheists v. Duncan

In 2011, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of this case after the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the large latin crosses on public land used to memorialize state troopers in Utah was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. American Atheists was awarded attorney's fees and the state was required to remove the crosses.

American Atheists v. Bradford County, FL

In 2013, American Atheists settled a lawsuit against Bradford County, Florida that was the result of a Ten Commandments Monument being placed on public land at the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, Florida. More information about that lawsuit and the resulting settlement is available here

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