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September 27, 2006 | From the Washington Post
The House passed a bill Tuesday that would bar judges from awarding legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union and similar groups that sue municipalities for violating the Constitution's ban on government establishment of religion.
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August 17, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Concerned over possible church-state conflicts, legislators have rejected an effort to channel state funds into the restoration of California's deteriorating missions. The proposal by state Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) would have brought the question of state aid for historic houses of worship before the public as a ballot measure in the Nov. 7 election. However, it failed Tuesday to wend its way out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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August 15, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
President Bush on Monday signed a bill designed to save the cross atop Mt. Soledad here from being removed, but both sides in the 17-year court battle predicted more politicking and litigating before the fate of the cross is finally decided. Bush signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) that designates the 43-foot cross and the city land beneath it as a federal war memorial under control of the Department of Defense.
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August 2, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to have the federal government acquire the land beneath a controversial cross in San Diego in an effort to circumvent a court order that the concrete structure be removed. After a 17-year legal battle, a federal judge in May ruled that the cross, which perches above Interstate 5 on city-owned land, must come down this month because it is a religious symbol and violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
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July 20, 2006 | Richard Simon and Tony Perry, Times Staff Writers
Supporters of keeping the cross atop Mt. Soledad were buoyed Wednesday when the House of Representatives voted to transfer the city-owned land beneath the cross to the federal government. A federal judge has ruled that the cross violates the constitutional separation of church and state and must be removed; the order was temporarily stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Backers insist that the 43-foot cross is a war memorial, not a religious symbol.
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July 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The House approved a bill that would bar federal courts from ruling on the constitutional validity of the Pledge of Allegiance, which contains the phrase "under God." The legislation, a priority of social conservatives, passed 260-167. It now goes to the Senate, where its future is uncertain. Opponents said it would undercut judicial independence and deny access to federal courts to religious minorities seeking to defend their rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In the best legal news that defenders of the cross atop Mt. Soledad have received in years, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday delayed its removal until legal appeals in the state and federal courts are resolved. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, acting on a petition filed by the city, also suggested that the high court might hear the case when the appeals are completed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the city a reprieve from an order by a federal judge to remove the cross atop Mt. Soledad by Aug. 2 or face $5,000 a day in fines. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy ordered a delay until he or the entire court issues a further order. He did not indicate how long that might take or what kind of order might be issued.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request by the city of San Diego to delay an Aug. 2 deadline set by a federal judge to have the cross atop Mt. Soledad removed. The judge has said that unless the cross comes down, the city faces a fine of $5,000 a day. Mayor Jerry Sanders said that he was disappointed and would continue to fight to save the cross, including a second appeal to the White House to declare the cross part of the national park system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council voted 5 to 3 Tuesday to continue a 17-year legal fight to keep a 43-foot-tall Christian cross on Mt. Soledad. At the request of Mayor Jerry Sanders, the council voted to appeal a federal judge's order that the cross be removed by early August because it violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
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