The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of Republican lawmakers, urging a federal district court in California to save the 29-foot cross at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego.
"We have filed a critical amicus brief urging a federal district court in California on behalf of 18 members of Congress to permit a private group to obtain the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement Thursday. "This proposed remedy is an alternative to the plaintiffs' request for a court order requiring that the memorial's commemorative cross be removed."
The cross was declared unconstitutional by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2011 on the grounds that the federal government was operating the memorial. And after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take an appeal by the Liberty Institute in 2012, legal efforts have been focused on whether the cross must be removed.