COOS BAY -- A controversial memorial cross in Coos Bay's Mingus Park will remain where it is for the foreseeable future.

Mayor Chrystal Shoji confirmed Friday that the Mingus Park Vietnam War Memorial and its cross will remain where they are, and that the city plans to deal with any legal challenges as they come down the road.

"The council is taking no action on the veterans memorial in Mingus Park," Shoji said. "That's all we have to say."

The mayor's statement comes after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming the constitutionality of legislative prayer.

The city had previously cited the then-pending ruling in delaying its decision on what to do with the memorial's controversial cross, whose removal has been demanded by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union.

After a heated public meeting in March 2013, the city retained the services of the Texas-based Liberty Institute to conduct a legal assessment of the cross. The results of the assessment, which were discussed by the council in executive session, haven't been publicly released.

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