Wednesday, January 8, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County is restoring a cross to its official seal, nearly a decade after one was removed from the original design.
County supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to put a cross atop the seal's depiction of the historic San Gabriel Mission.
The original seal had a cross over the Hollywood Bowl but it was removed when the seal was redesigned in 2004 after the ACLU of Southern California threatened legal action.
An image of the mission was added but the building didn't have a cross at the time because it was undergoing earthquake retrofitting.
The cross was reattached in 2009, so two supervisors argued the seal should be adjusted for historical accuracy.
However, the ACLU says putting the religious symbol on the seal is divisive and probably unconstitutional.