WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed April 26, 2006
Gay Rights Group Sues Gov. Fletcher
Frankfort, KY – A gay rights group, upset with the money set aside in the state budget for a Baptist school that recently kicked out a gay student, is suing Governor Fletcher.
Activists from the Kentucky Fairness Alliance have asked a Franklin Circuit Court judge to block the state money. Most of it is for a proposed pharmacy school at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.
The lasuit says the state constitution prohibits the use of tax money to support religious institutions or entities that discriminate against some citizens.
Fletcher says he declined to veto funding for the college because the money came from coal severance taxes and not from individual taxpayers.
The governor's office filed its own motion Tuesday night asking a judge to determine whether the state can even give the money to the school.