Southern California city prohibited from displaying $50,000 veterans' memorial with a cross on it

Group argued a violation of the constitution

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - A federal judge says a Southern California city can't put up a veterans' memorial containing a cross at a public stadium.

The Press-Enterprise ( says the judge issued an oral ruling on Tuesday supporting a request to block the monument's installation outside Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore.

The city agreed last fall to pay for the $50,000 granite monument, which depicts a soldier kneeling before a cross-topped grave.

The American Humanist Association argued that the monument violates the constitutional separation of church and state. The city says the depiction of the grave is historical, not religious.

An attorney representing the city, Kevin Snider, says he disagrees with the ruling but the city will await a written order from the judge before deciding how to respond.

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