Supervisors vote to add religious cross to L.A. County seal

Supervisors vote to add religious cross to L.A. County seal

A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to restore a cross to the county seal.

The motion, proposed by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe and supported by Mark Ridley-Thomas, will add a cross to the top of the San Gabriel Mission in its depiction on the county emblem.

The decision came despite the threat of lawsuits over the constitutionality of placing a religious symbol on the seal.

Antonovich and Knabe maintained that they simply want the seal to accurately depict the mission. When the seal was redesigned in 2004, there was no cross on top of the mission, as it had gone missing during earthquake retrofitting. A cross was later restored atop the building.

“We are not adding, we are reflecting upon a historical event that occurred in the county of Los Angeles,” Antonovich said.

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