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February 8, 2016

Supreme Court Makes Call on Another Religious Matter: A 43-Foot Cross on Pentagon Land

View of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial on July 3, 2006. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

View of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial on July 3, 2006. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

The Hobby Lobby decision wasn’t the only call the Supreme Court made Monday on a religion-related case. The top court in the land also decided to stay out of a long-running dispute over a 43-foot cross on Department of Defense-controlled land — at least, for now.

The Supreme Court declined to hear the case of the Mt. Soledad cross in San Diego, which a federal judge had ordered to come down because it  represented an improper endorsement of a specific religion. But the denial written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. said the case would have to make its way through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals first.

The Obama administration supports leaving the cross in place.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has proposed legislation that would transfer the cross out of the hands of the federal government. That would moot the legal dispute. The bill is awaiting action in the Armed Services Committee.

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