LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to a ruling that allows a reference to "Almighty God" in the state homeland security law.
The Courier-Journal reports that justices issued an order last week saying they would not review the case, which was brought by residents represented by the group American Atheists. The order means a ruling by the Kentucky Court of Appeals upholding the reference stands.
The plaintiffs had claimed in a 2008 suit that the law was a violation of constitutional bans on state-sponsored religion.
Edwin Kagin, the legal director for American Atheists, said his clients will consider whether to drop the case or appeal it to the federal level.
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