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The Christian flag at the heart of the Supreme Court’s First Amendment case is set to fly at Boston City Hall


“We conclude that, overall, Boston did not make the raising and waving of private group flags a form of government speech.”

The American flag, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag, and the Boston City flag, left to right, fly outside Boston City Hall. Charles Krupa/Associated Press

After years of controversy and First Amendment litigation that finally landed in the nation’s highest court, a flag bearing a red Christian cross is set to fly in front of Boston City Hall later this week. Wednesday’s flag raising will take place three months after the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the city of Boston violated the camp’s Constitutional First Amendment rights, a Christian group, when city officials refused to unfurl the banner in front of City Hall in 2017.

In a ruling written by retired judge Stephen Breyer, the High Court said Boston was wrong to deny the group, led by West Roxbury resident Harold Shurtleff, permission to raise a white banner with a Christian cross red in connection with the Constitution. September 17, the day the US Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in 1787.

Legal organization Liberty Counsel, which represented Shurtleff in the litigation, said in a press release Monday that the flag would be raised on one of City Hall Plaza’s public flagpoles at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Mayor Michelle Wu’s office confirmed Monday that the flag-raising ceremony was scheduled for Wednesday, but did not immediately comment further.

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