Group Sues State, Legislators Over Plate Denial

July 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer


Wire Service: AP

A Louisville-based group denied an application to sponsor an "In God We Trust" specialty license plate has filed suit against the state Transportation Cabinet and two lawmakers.

The group, Reclaim Our Culture Kentuckiana, had said in its 2008 application that it would use proceeds from license plate sales to raise awareness about harm caused by pornography and the sex industry. An appeal by the group also stalled in the legislature after the initial application was turned down.

The Transportation Cabinet denied the group's application partially on the grounds that the group promotes a "specific faith or religious position."

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Sunday that in the cabinet's response, attorney Allan Weiss of Louisville asked the court to dismiss the complaint because ROCK promotes religion, making the organization ineligible to sponsor a specialty plate under state law.

He noted that in its complaint ROCK defines its purpose as "to defend and sustain the Judeo-Christian principles upon which our country was founded and create a wholesome environment in which all families can flourish."