LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Southern California city from erecting a veterans' memorial that would include the illustration of a grave marked by a cross.
Judge Stephen Wilson issued a preliminary injunction barring the monument's installation outside a public stadium in Lake Elsinore.
The city had agreed last fall to pay $50,000 for the granite monument, which depicts a soldier kneeling before a cross-topped grave.
The American Humanist Association argues that the monument would violate separation of church and state. The city said the cross was a generic depiction of a grave on a monument that also featured a flag and eagle.
An attorney representing the city, Kevin Snider, disagreed with the ruling but said the city would await a written order from the judge before deciding how to respond.