Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., has crossed party lines to support a memorial cross that was recently ruled unconstitutional.
On Jan. 4, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the cross located at the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial near La Jolla, Calif., was an endorsement of Christianity.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Webb joined 10 Republican U.S. senators asking for an appeal of the court's decision.
The senators said the cross isn't an endorsement of Christianity, but a symbol that honors the sacrifice of veterans.
"This cross has been a part of this memorial for over 50 years and has served as a symbol to honor the many sacrifices of these veterans," the senators wrote in the letter. "The government should not take the dismantling of this memorial lightly. We strongly urge that your department expeditiously move to appeal this misguided court decision."
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that that "goal of avoiding governmental endorsement of religion does not require eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm" if the cross were to remain at the memorial.