As of the end of the week, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that a monument honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was unconstitutional.
That decision came in response to a challenge to the monument on the grounds that the law prohibits the placement of monuments to Confederate figures, which includes the Lee monument.
The state’s highest court found that the Lee statue was constitutional, as was a monument dedicated to Confederate General Robert E.-Lee, who was the son of a Confederate general.
The ruling comes after a three-year legal battle over the monument.
In June, a federal judge ordered the state to remove the monument in a court order, but the state Supreme Court upheld that ruling, calling it a political decision by the governor.
The Georgia Supreme Courts opinion on the Lee statute was the most significant ruling by the state’s high court since the Supreme Court’s decision in 2016 to overturn an Alabama monument to Confederate generals.
“The state Supreme Courts ruling in the Lee case was based on the constitutional right of the legislature to place a memorial to Confederate leaders in the statehouse,” a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Security told The Verge.
“It does not affect other Confederate monuments in the Statehouse.”
The Supreme Court, however, noted that the statute was passed “without consideration of the monument’s political content or any potential effect on its placement in the Capitol.”
A spokesperson for Lee Memorial Foundation, which sued the state over the Lee monuments, told The Washington Post that the foundation has not yet decided whether it will appeal the ruling.
“We intend to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court,” the spokesperson said.