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Lehigh County government fights to keep cross on county seal

The Lehigh County government is fighting a court ruling that says the image of a cross in the county seal must be removed.

The non-profit law firm Becket filed an appeal Tuesday on the county's behalf.

Back in the fall, a federal judge said the county seal that's been in place since 1944 is unconstitutional.

The judge said a reasonable observer would perceive the image as an endorsement of Christianity. The judge made the ruling in response to a suit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The law firm representing Lehigh County says the cross and several other symbols in the seal represent local history.

The firm says the seal is legal because it does not establish a religion.

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