County of Allegheny v. ACLU
Significance, The Controversy Continues
County of Allegheny
American Civil Liberties Union, et al.
That two separate holiday displays (involving a creche and a menorah, respectively) on public property do not violate the First Amendment's Establishment of Religion Clause.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Justices for the Court
(Part one, against the creche display) Harry A. Blackmun (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, John Paul Stevens; (part two, for the menorah display) Harry A. Blackman (writing for the Court), Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehenquist, Antonin Scalia, Byron R. White
(Part one, for the creche) Anthony M. Kennedy, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Byron R. White; (part two, against the menorah) William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marhsall, John P. Stevens
Date of Decision
3 July 1989
By different majorities, the Court banned the display of the creche but permitted the display of the menorah.
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- Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668 (1984).
- Scarsdale v. McCreary, 471 U.S. 83 (1985).
- Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board et al. v. Pinette et al., 515 U.S. 753 (1995).
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