An amendment to a bill pending in Congress would permit a 43-foot cross to remain atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego – in hopes of ending an emotional, divisive legal battle that has raged for more than two decades.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine officer, sponsored an amendment to a complex military policy bill that would authorize the secretary of Defense to, in effect, sell the property to the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Assn., a private, nonprofit group that wants the cross to remain.
The bill passed the House last week and is expected to pass the Senate this week.
Whether the provision would persuade the federal courts to...