Breaking: Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross fight will advance in federal appeals court!

Liberty Institute Pushes Forward In the Fight to Defend Religious Freedom for Our Veterans

The United States Supreme Court notified our legal team that it declined to review our case defending the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial early.  Instead, the fight to preserve the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross will now continue at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit—with the case likely to advance to the Supreme Court after that.  

The historic veterans memorial cross in San Diego, California has been ordered removed by a federal district court, but will stand while awaiting its fate as the legal battle advances to the appeals court, and possibly beyond.  

As you may know, Liberty Institute is representing the official caretaker of the Memorial, the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA).  The ACLU is representing clients who have sued to have the Veterans Memorial Cross removed.

Liberty Institute petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case immediately. This would have been an unusual event, but we wanted to present the high court with the opportunity to take the case now due to its gravity.  

Today’s decision does not mean the Supreme Court will not take the case on appeal—but rather, that they decided to let the normal course of appeals occur before considering it.

The Next Steps

Our legal team will now immediately begin preparing our legal briefing and arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  It is likely that whatever the outcome, the case will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

At the same time, we are defending veterans memorials that contain religious imagery across the nation, including in Montana, Maryland, North Carolina and Oregon.  

Such work takes a massive amount of hours and expertise, but it is critical to America’s future.

Please consider a gift now to our work.  Liberty Institute’s fiscal year ends Monday night at midnight on Monday, June 30.  Every gift toward our fiscal year-end budget will be doubled by a $500,000 Matching Grant, and will help us win the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross case and defend religious liberty in dozens of legal cases across the country in 2014.

Let’s prepare for the battle ahead in the federal appeals court, and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court.


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