Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus joined the American Center for Law and Justice in submitting an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court, defending the presence of a cross at the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego, California. The brief urges the Supreme Court to take up the case and reverse a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that held the cross’s presence at the memorial is unconstitutional. A cross was first placed at the memorial in 1913, and its presence has been the subject of litigation for a number of years. Congress has tried repeatedly to preserve the memorial, including successfully enacting a law that brought the memorial into federal ownership. Nevertheless, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit held that because a cross is included in the memorial, the federal government’s ownership of the location violates the Constitution. Members of the Prayer Caucus will continue working to ensure that memorials to our nation’s veterans are not dismantled and stripped of symbols that honor their service.
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Contact the Congressional Prayer Caucus Amy Vitale, Amy.Vitale@mail.house.gov