Memorial crosses on Texas highways have become a part of popular culture. It's a tradition for friends and loved ones of someone killed in a car accident to place a cross, sometimes adorned with flowers or even stuffed animals, on the roadside near the site of the fatal accident.
But a federal appeals court has ruled that 14 crosses installed on Utah highways as memorials to fallen law enforcement officers are unconstitutional. The court determined that the crosses were a government endorsement of a specific religion. Read more about that decision here.
The case could have implications for highway memorials across the U.S. Right now, officials at the Texas Department of Transportation say they're reviewing the matter, and aren't prepared to say whether the ruling could bring an end to roadside crosses in the Lone Star State.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, some cities have rules governing the size and shape of roadside memorials.
Have you ever placed a cross on the roadside? Should Texans be allowed to place memorials on highway right-of-way? Do crosses violate the separation of church and state? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.