Churches and other groups say they'll appeal Santa Monica's ban on unattended Nativity scene displays in a public park.
The Los Angeles Times reports the coalition of churches and other groups filed a notice of appeal last week.
In a vote last year, the City Council sided with atheists seeking to ban unattended religious displays from Palisades Park, where they were erected annually for nearly six decades until debates in recent years.
U.S. District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins backed the ban, saying the city had a valid argument that administrative burdens of the controversy justified a ban.
The display of life-sized figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ was erected on private land this year.