Dewey Hill cross lawsuit filed again

Dewey Hill cross
The controversial cross on Dewey Hill in Grand Haven. (Courtesy photo)

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A group of upset citizens has refiled a lawsuit trying to stop the removal of the large, white cross on Dewey Hill in Grand Haven.

The suit was thrown out last week after a judge ruled the “Citizens of Grand Haven” and plaintiffs named only with pseudonyms did not have legal standing the file the suit against the city.

Friday, attorney Helen Brinkman refiled the lawsuit against the City of Grand Haven in Ottawa County Circuit Court. This time, the suit included the name of seven plaintiffs: Ann Dawson, Jeffrey Grunow, Wayne Erxleben, Shirley Erxleben, Laura Sterenberg, Gary Kievit and Mary Kievit.

Their arguments remain the same. They say the removal of the cross from Dewey Hill discriminates against them based on their religious beliefs. They are asking the judge to declare removing the cross unconstitutional and bar the City of Grand Haven from doing it.

The Dewey Hill cross has stood overlooking the Grand River on summer Sundays since the 1960s. Opponents said it was inappropriate for the religious symbol to stand on city-owned land and were prepared to sue. Before they got the chance, the city decided in January to change the cross into an anchor.

Supporters have been trying to save the cross since then.

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