A divided U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a cross, honoring fallen soldiers, can remain standing in a national park.
The cross, installed in 1934 by private citizens in Mojave National Preserve, was the subject of a case that rose through the courts in many years of litigation.
Congress circumvented an early ruling by declaring the cross a national memorial and turning the land over to a veterans group. A district court later issued an injunction against against the land swap, which the group appealed.
The Supreme Court ruling reversed the injunction and the Ninth Circuit's confirmation, and rejected the notion that the First Amendment calls for a black and white separation of church and state. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who authored the opinion, called for a "middle ground" on the issue.
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