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The 40-foot cross in Bladensburg, Md., memorializes 49 local veterans who served during World War I. It sits on land owned by a state commission that pays for the monument’s maintenance and upkeep.

The legal challenge began with the American Humanist Association, a nonprofit atheist organization, which had argued that the cross communicates an unconstitutional message that government favors one religion over another.

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Bloomberg reported that “A lower federal court previously ruled that the 40-foot cross—now situated on public land—must come down because it has the “primary effect of endorsing religion and excessively entangles the government in religion.”

The Supreme Court ruled, in a 7-2 vote, that the cross can stay. Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor were reportedly the two who voted against it.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the ruling, ““The Religion Clauses of the Constitution aim to foster a society in which people of all beliefs can live together harmoniously, and the presence of the Bladensburg Cross on the land where it has stood for so many years is fully consistent with that aim.”

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