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People gather in the late evening sun around the massive cross sitting atop the Mt. Soledad War Memorial in La Jolla

People gather in the late evening sun around the massive cross sitting atop the Mt. Soledad War Memorial in La Jolla, California on December 12, 2013. A federal judge has ruled that the cross is an unconstitutional religious display on government land and must come down within 90 days. The decision could result in the case being sent back to the U.S. Supreme Court. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Mt. Soledad War Memorial in La Jolla

Yahoo NewsDecember 13, 2013

A massive cross that serves as part of a war memorial on a San Diego hilltop must be dismantled because it has been found to violate a constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion, a federal judge grudgingly ruled on Thursday.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns marks the latest development in a long-running legal battle over the 43-foot-tall cross, a local landmark that has stood on top of Mount Soledad since 1954 and is visible for miles.(Reuters)

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