The U.S. Supreme Court says a cross put up as a World War I memorial can stay right where it is.

The cross stands in the Mojave Desert on what was once federal land, but was transferred to private ownership after the legal controversy began.

When a man complained that he was offended by the cross, a lower court ordered it to be removed on the grounds that Congress had unconstitutionally endorsed a religion.

But in a 5-4 ruling announced Wednesday, the Supreme Court reversed that order but also ordered a lower court to take another look at the land transfer.

The VFW says the cross isn't about religion anyway.

The cross was built by World War One veterans to remember and respect 53,000 American dead in 19 months of combat during World War I. It's not about religion, it's about respect and that's why the VFW is happy today but there's still more fight to be done, said Joe Davis, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The decision about the California cross appears to support the presence of the cross on Table Rock in east Boise. It sits on land now owned by the Jaycees.

During the 1990s, the ACLU tried to revoke that group's deed, which was transferred from state ownership for $100.

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