Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Keeping track: Lawsuit to bar Kentucky religious schools from state money moves forward

Legal proceedings are moving forward in an effort to stop a Baptist college, the University of the Cumberlands, from getting $11 million in funding from the state of Kentucky.

Cumberlands made national news and showed up in this blog earlier this year when it booted out a student for being gay. During the same period, the state's governor signed a bill appropriating the state funding for the college's pharmacy school. and the Lexington Herald-Leader have the latest updates on the slowly moving legal proceedings.

The lawsuit is being pursued by the Rev. Paul Simmons of Americans United for Separation of Church and State; the Rev. Albert Pennybacker, former national president of the Interfaith Alliance; the Jefferson County Teachers Association; Christina Gilgor, executive director of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance; and the alliance, a gay rights organization.

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