Law puts cross under federal ownership

Core legal issues remain unresolved
President Bush in mid-August signed into law a measure that aims to preserve a controversial cross on public land in San Diego. The law permits the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial to be owned by the federal government, marking the latest juncture in a legal battle over its constitutionality.

In July, Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy issued a stay that suspended a lower court decision that would have forced the city to remove the 29-foot cross from public property.

Even as further court action is expected, groups on both sides of the issue reacted August 14 as Bush signed it into law.


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