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Kentucky man wins case in federal court, allowing his personalized license plate to say ‘I’M GOD’

A federal court today cleared the way for a Kentucky man, backed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU of Kentucky, to obtain a personalized license plate reading “IM GOD,” finding the Transportation Cabinet’s denial of that plate violated the First Amendment. In November 2016, Ben Hart filed a lawsuit after he was denied the personalized license plate. Kentucky Division of Motor...

Louisville attorney Corey Shapiro named legal director of American Civil Liberties Union of Ky.

An attorney with extensive experience litigating in federal and state court and community organizing has been selected as the next Legal Director of the ACLU of Kentucky. Corey Shapiro was selected after a months-long search that drew candidates from across the nation. The ACLU-KY Board of Directors approved his appointment in April. He started work this month. Corey Shapiro “We were looking...

Commentary: Coalition of Kentucky organizations oppose food assistance cuts in Farm Bill

One in seven Kentuckians has food on their table in part thanks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program lifts 164,000 Kentuckians, including 73,000 children, out of poverty. It sends nearly $1 billion a year to grocery stores and our state economy, and injects even more into our local communities during hard times when they most need it. For decades, SNAP has been a program...

KyCIR: Kentucky ACLU sues Bevin over blocking select followers on social media accounts

By Ryland Barton Kentucky Public Radio The ACLU of Kentucky is suing Gov. Matt Bevin for blocking people on Facebook and Twitter, saying the governor is violating the free speech rights of his constituents. The challenge was filed on behalf of two Kentucky residents who say they have been “permanently blocked from engaging in political speech” on the governor’s official social media pages. “I...

ACLU, U of L law professor among group filing complaint against anti-gay couple adoption judge

The ACLU of Kentucky, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign, and University of Louisville Law Professor Sam Marcosson filed a complaint Tuesday against Judge W. Mitchell Nance for violating Kentucky’s Code of Judicial Conduct by recusing himself from any adoption proceedings involving lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. “Judge Nance’s acknowledgment...