Religious Liberty on the Docket

ACLU of Ohio v. City of Stow
29 F.Supp. 845 (1998)

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Case Dates:
Tuesday, 16 December, 1997 - Wednesday, 16 December, 1998

In an important case addressing the separation between church and state, the ACLU of Ohio and attorneys Dean Carro and Robert Armbruster wrote a letter to the Law Director of the City of Stow expressing concerns over the inclusion of a cross in the city seal. The Stow City Council then elected to retire the seal, but citizens voted to reinstate the seal through a referendum on the ballot. In response, the city of Stow sought a judgment by the Summit County Common Pleas Court on the constitutionality of the seal, and the ACLU of Ohio filed a suit in federal court. When settlement conferences failed, Judge Dan Aaron Polster called for the removal of the seal, ruling that its use of the cross was unconstitutional.